Hurd Public Interest Fellowship



Legal Aid at Work is pleased to announce the Hurd Public Interest Fellowship, a two year fellowship available to a 2019 law school graduate or attorney who is completing a judicial clerkship in the fall of 2019. We are seeking candidates who have a deep commitment to advancing low-wage workers’ rights –and especially those of working poor women in the #MeToo era-to work in the Gender Equity and LGBT Rights Program. The Gender Equity and LGBT Rights program works to end sex-based discrimination by advancing the rights of low-wage women and families including survivors of on- the- job sexual harassment, assault and retaliation and the effects of domestic and sexual violence at work; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals; veterans and military families; and girls from low income families who are denied equity in accessing their public school and park and recreation department’s sports programs. The work of the Fellow will comprise of counseling, advising and representing clients in federal and state court cases and providing direct legal assistance to clients who are the victims of sexual harassment, intimidation and retaliation.

Legal Aid at Work protects and expands the rights of low-wage workers utilizing an array of strategies including impact litigation, direct services, legislative advocacy, and community outreach and education. Our programs together litigate a broad array of discrimination cases including those based upon race, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, military and/or veteran status, and being a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, immigration/ citizen status, and language, proficiency. We also advocate for family and medical leaves and disability leaves and accommodations. We fight wage theft. And we bring actions on behalf high school students in low income communities to secure compliance with Title IX’s mandate. We also direct a network of Workers’ Rights Clinic sites in 12 locations around the state, in partnership with law schools and local legal aid agencies. More information about Legal Aid at Work’s programs and projects can be found on our website,


Demonstrated commitment to the rights of low-wage worker and immigrant communities; a strong academic record; outstanding communications, research and writing skills; capacity to work independently as well as collaboratively with others in a courteous, cooperative and organized manner; and an established interest in employment, and/or civil rights law and passion for the cause of justice on the job and in communities. Experience working with low-wage worker and immigrant communities, and fluency or a high level of proficiency in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or another foreign language spoken by a significant number of California workers and their families, is strongly preferred. Must have California Bar membership, or awaiting Bar results, or intends to take the California Bar Examination in July 2019.


The annualized salary for this fellowship is $52,000/yr. Benefits include health insurance, long-term disability and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and paid vacation and holidays.

Application Process

Legal Aid at Work will accept applications through Monday July 1, 2019. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply. Please include a detailed cover letter describing your interest in the organization and the fellowship as well as the commitment you have to the issues our clients face. Send it along with your résumé, a list of three references, and one writing sample to:

Hurd Public Interest Fellowship Committee, Legal Aid at Work
Email: or Fax: (415) 593-0096

Legal Aid at Work is an equal opportunity, fair chance employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, marital or caregiver status, prior record of arrest or conviction, height, weight, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state or federal laws.