Skadden Fellowship Sponsorship

Summary

Legal Aid at Work is pleased to invite applications for sponsorship of a Skadden Fellow for the two-year period beginning in September 2022.  The two-year fellowship offers recent law school graduates the opportunity to obtain training in litigation, the provision of direct legal services, as well as many other aspects of public interest practice.  The Skadden Fellowship Foundation awards approximately 30 fellowships per year to graduating law students and outgoing judicial clerks.

Legal Aid at Work (LAAW) enforces and expands the employment and civil rights of low-wage workers, their families, and communities by engaging in outreach and education, providing clients with legal advice and representation, and advocating for policy reforms.

LAAW has seven core program areas: (1) Racial Economic Justice; (2) Gender Equity & LGBTQ Rights;(3) Disability Rights; (4) Wage Protection; (5) Work & Family; (6) National Origin and Immigrants’ Rights; and (7) Community Legal Services. Through these programs, LAAW:

    • Provides free, individualized legal advice and counsel throughout California to thousands of low-income workers;
    • Pursues targeted enforcement and impact litigation to strengthen and clarify the law;
    • Conducts community outreach and education for workers, their advocates, their families, and their health and social service providers; and
    • Advocates for laws, regulations, and policies at the local, state, and national levels to strengthen civil and workplace rights.

As a social justice organization, Legal Aid at Work’s mission is rooted in the firm belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and self-determination at work, at school, and in their communities. Structural and systemic racism—with the oppression of Black and Indigenous people at its core—and other forms of injustice shape the society and the civic, political and legal systems in which we work and live. Legal Aid at Work is committed to developing and nurturing an organizational culture that will dismantle systems of oppression and uplift people from underrepresented communities and create a workplace that is truly equitable and inclusive. As such, we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to propose and discuss project ideas in the program area(s) that they have a strong and demonstrated interest in and which address the needs faced by Legal Aid at Work’s clients. Criteria for sponsorship include the following:

    • Demonstrated commitment to our mission and experience working with low-income clients.
    • Established knowledge of and interest in employment, and/or civil rights law.
    • Excellent communications skills, with a strong preference for fully bilingual English/Spanish capability.
    • Strong academic performance; and excellent legal research and writing skills.
    • Proven ability to work independently and cooperatively with others.
    • Membership in the California Bar is preferred.

Compensation

Legal Aid at Work offers salaries that are competitive in the Bay Area public interest law community. Benefits include health plans, long-term disability and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match and contribution, and generous paid vacation and holidays. As a unionized organization, LAAW believes in the importance of employees organizing to improve their working conditions.  This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by ESC Local 20. The fellow will receive salary and benefits paid for by the Skadden Foundation. The organization will supplement the fellowship if necessary in order to ensure that fellow is appropriately positioned on our salary scale.  The current negotiated salary scale for the position can be found here: https://www.ifpte20.org/federal-legal-professionals/legal-aid/.

 

Application Process

Legal Aid at Work will accept applications through Wednesday July 21, 2021.  Again, 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, law school transcript, a list of three references, and one writing sample to:

Skadden Fellowship Committee, Legal Aid at Work. Email:  [email protected]

Legal Aid at Work is an equal opportunity, fair chance, and affirmative action employer. Applicants for paid and volunteer positions and employees seeking advancement all are considered on the basis of their qualifications and without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), caregiving, family responsibilities, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.