The FAIR Fellowship 

Promoting Diversity. Advancing Employee Justice.

FAIR is accepting applications for its 10th annual FAIR Fellowship.  The Fellowship enables a new attorney to work full-time for two consecutive terms: Nine months at Legal Aid at Work and six months at a law practice affiliated with the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization of more than 1200 workers’ rights advocates throughout California.

FAIR will fund a Fellow with salary and benefits during the first nine months the fellow is working at Legal Aid at Work. The applicant will then be matched with a CELA affiliated firm for the second six month term and be paid a salary and benefits by that entity.

Applicants must have superior academic qualifications, be members of the California Bar (or anticipating becoming members by fall 2023),

The deadline to apply for the 2023-2024 FAIR Fellowship is Friday, October 28, 2022.  Any materials not received by October 28 will be disregarded. 

Click here for further information and application instructions.  

December 2021 -- FAIR selects Bradan Litzinger as the 2022-2023 FAIR Fellowship recipient.

John D. Weiss Employee Justice Summer Clerkship Award

The John D. Weiss Employee Justice Summer Clerkship Award is given to the top law student chosen from the yearly Employee Justice Summer Clerkship program, who exemplifies the attributes that John D. Weiss demonstrated during his life: a person with a generous heart who gives without expecting recognition, although so deserving; a person who demonstrates a fierce passion for achieving justice for workers; and, a person with an inspiring ability to overcome adversity. The Weiss Fellow will also be recognized with an additional stipend from FAIR. The namesake of this honor, John D. Weiss, was instrumental in helping CELA leaders to establish FAIR and generously supported the organization until his untimely passing in 2013.

The 2022 recipient of the John D. Weiss Employee Justice Summer Clerkship Award is Leilani Stacy, who will work at Alexander, Morrison & Fehr.  Leilani was selected based on her passion, academic acumen, and demonstrated commitment to plaintiff side employment law. She is a force and someone whose leadership will continue to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice and equity.


2022 Employee Justice
Summer Clerkship

In August and September 2021, volunteer members of CELA's Diversity Outreach Committee and other CELA members conducted interviews at participating law schools to interview law students interested in the Employee Justice Summer Clerkship. During the interviews, the interviewers provided personalized information regarding CELA members and member-firms who are seeking to hire qualified summer law clerks and have agreed to pay their summer clerks at least $8,000 for a total of 10 weeks over the summer 2022.* From the initial interviews, Diversity Outreach Committee members and designated CELA interviewers compiled their comments and impressions of all the candidates for CELA members. Also included in each student profile are the student’s resume and transcript and a short statement of interest from the candidate. After participating firms reviewed the applications and selected summer law clerks, a subcommittee designated by FAIR, in coordination with the CELA Diversity Outreach Committee, selected Employee Justice Summer Clerks, who will receive up to $4,000 in fellowship funding for summer 2022 to supplement the salary they receive from the member-firm. 

The 2022 Employee Justice Fellowship Program has successfully matched student applicants with firms. CELA would like to congratulate the recipients and the firms that have hired these well deserving law students:

Tori Arnau (UC Hastings), hired by Leonard Carder, Oakland

Noriya Bragg (UC Davis School of Law), hired by Alexander, Morrison & Fehr, Los Angeles

Trishta Dordi (Loyola Law School), hired by Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai, Pasadena

Amanda Erickson (Chapman University, Fowler School of Law), hired by JML Law, Woodland Hills

Colleen Fitzgerrell (Berkeley Law), hired by Matern Law Group, Manhattan Beach

Zehra Haider (UC Irvine School of Law), hired by Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai, Pasadena

Cirrus Jahangiri (UC Davis School of Law), hired by Legal Aid at Work, San Francisco

Nora Katz (UC Hastings), hired by Gibbs Law Group, Oakland

Summer Khatib (USC Gould School of Law), hired by Alexander, Morrison & Fehr,
Los Angeles

Daniela Medina (UC Hastings), hired by Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams, Oakland

Aminah Shakoor (UC Davis School of Law), hired by Bryan Schwartz Law, Oakland

Leilani Stacy (USC Gould School of Law), hired by Alexander, Morrison & Fehr, Los Angeles

*A fellowship applicant does not have to go through the CELA OCI process to be eligible to apply for the fellowship. An application does not guarantee a fellowship award.


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