Women's Law Project

Philadelphia, PA

This is the 2024 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This is the Philadelphia location.

Women’s Law Project (WLP) is a nonprofit public interest legal organization working to defend and advance the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ+ people in Pennsylvania. We engage in impact litigation, policy advocacy, public education, and direct assistance and representation. We have offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with Peggy Browning fellowships offered at both sites. This announcement is for the Philadelphia office.

WLP’s Philadelphia office has an extensive workers’ rights advocacy program. We provide direct services and representation to low-wage women and LGBTQ people who are subjected to workplace discrimination on the basis of sex, including with respect to pregnancy, lactation, equal pay, paid leave, and sexual harassment. We seek to enforce rights under federal, state, and local laws; in particular we target additional protections provided by Philadelphia ordinances banning reliance on prior pay to set pay, providing pregnancy and lactation workplace accommodations, guaranteeing paid sick and domestic and sexual violence and stalking leave, and codifying domestic worker rights. We also engage in advocacy on these issues through amicus briefs, regulatory comments, testimony, and public education.  

The Peggy Browning Fellow will directly contribute to the full breadth of WLP's workers rights work, which will include interviewing clients, conducting factual, legal, and social science research, and analysis, drafting legal memoranda, demand letters, and administrative complaints, and participating in strategy discussions, all under the supervision of experienced WLP attorneys. The Fellow will participate in the preparation of public education materials, regulatory comments, legislative testimony, and amicus briefs related to workplace discrimination. The Fellow will contribute to the expansion of WLP's pregnancy and lactation legal work to reach pregnant people early enough in their pregnancy to provide them with legal advice that will help them preserve their employment and avoid the pregancy and lactation discrimination or leave violations that often end in loss of employment. The Fellow will also be offered opportunities to attend meetings of national, state, and local collaborations relating to workers rights in which the Philadelphia office participates. In addition, the Fellow will be invited to the weekly brown-bag lunch series offered by the Philadelphia Bar Association to public interest interns.

WLP’s Philadelphia office welcomes Peggy Browning Fund fellowship applications. Please include the following materials:

  • An introductory letter describing your interest in the Peggy Browning Fund fellowship in WLP’s Philadelphia office
  • Resume
  • Legal Writing Sample
  • Unofficial law school transcript
  • Contact information for two references (at least one from your law school)

Students will receive a $7,000 stipend for the 10-week fellowship program.

Address cover letter to:
Jackie Perlow
Supervising Attorney
Women’s Law Project
125 S. 9th Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107