Women's Law Project

Pittsburgh, PA

This is the 2020 fellowship descripton for this mentor organization.

The Women's Law Project (WLP) is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Founded in 1974, WLP provides free legal services, policy advocacy, and public education on a wide range of women's rights issues. We have a robust workers' rights program focusing on working women and LGBT workers. Our #MeTooPA project, based out of our Pittsburgh office, offers targeted community outreach and free legal representation to low-wage workers suffering from sexual harassment. We also provide legal services in the areas of pregnancy discrimination; reasonable accommodations for pregnant or nursing workers; gender stereotyping discrimination; equal pay, wage theft, and wage secrecy; and Pittsburgh's paid sick days ordinance. Most but not all of our clients are women, and many are people of color or LGBT people. Nearly all of our #MeTooPA clients are low-income and have no other source of legal assistance for their sexual harassment complaints.

The Peggy Browning Fellow will work on all aspects of WLP's workers' rights project. They will have direct client contact, accompanying our intake specialist into low-income communities to practice client interview skills and to learn the substantive law around sexual harassment, equal pay, and pregnant workers' rights. The Fellow will draft administrative complaints, demand letters, and settlement agreements under the direction and supervision of experienced WLP attorneys. The Fellow will research and write legal analyses of developing law and will assist our Communications Director in creating accurate and accessible public education materials for the lay public. It is likely that the Fellow will have a role in briefwriting and legal research supporting litigation. It is helpful but not required for the Fellow to have access to a car. The Fellow will also support WLP's policy advocacy around working women's rights, including review and analysis of proposed state legislation and research into current state legislative trends.

The Peggy Browning Fellow will be invited to participate in a weekly public interest summer law student brown-bag lunch series convened by the Pittsburgh ACLU. The Fellow will also attend the Workers' Organizing Table meetings as well as WLP board and community meetings. The Fellow will be encouraged to take advantage of PBF webinars and teleconferences, and will be permitted to use work time for this purpose. Perhaps most importantly, the Fellow will have daily supervision and mentoring from senior attorneys and our contract attorney who is an employment and labor specialist.

We regularly reimburse travel expenses related to work outside of regular attendance at WLP's offices and will do so for the Fellow.

The total ten-week stipend for this fellowship will be $6,000. Students at WLP typically have a 35-hour work week plus a 1-hour daily lunch break.

Address cover letter to:

Susan Frietsche
Senior Staff Attorney & Director Western Pennsvylania Office
428 Forbes Avenue, Suite 1710
Pittsburgh, PA 15219