Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP

Los Angeles, CA

This is the 2023 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This fellowship position has been filled.

For 70 years, Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP has served the labor movement as a public interest union-side labor law and employee benefits firm. From helping to organize some of the first graduate student worker unions in the State of California, to guiding employee pension and welfare benefit plans after the passage of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, to helping draft the original Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance that served as the model for ordinances across the country, our firm has always used its expertise to empower and improve the lives of working people. We continue to work within and push forward the boundaries of the law to assist our union clients in adapting to the evolving legal landscape.

Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP is firmly committed to advancing the interests of workers. In pursuit of that goal, our attorneys use a wide array of tools including strategic union organizing, bargaining for better wages and working conditions, advising employee benefit plans, protecting workers’ health and safety, arbitrating grievances, filing administrative charges, and litigating to ensure that all workers are treated with respect and dignity on the job. In addition, we also take on the many issues that come with representing workers’ interests, including civil rights and Constitutional law, land use, and legislative policy work, in order to obtain the results our union clients deserve.

We seek a Fellow who is committed to advancing the rights of workers and their unions. The Fellow should have superior analytic, research, and writing skills. We also prefer a Fellow who has completed two years of law school and who has taken a labor law course. We anticipate the Fellow will perform legal work related to significant organizing and contract campaigns. Recent examples have included NLRB proceedings against Tesla, Inc., assisting Southern California grocery workers win large pay increases through a new contract, and providing legal advice for the largest strike in 2022, involving approximately 48,000 academic workers throughout the University of California. We anticipate assignments will include research, legal memoranda, work on actual pleadings and litigation documents, attendance at and participation in administrative and legal proceedings, contact with workers and clients, and participation in rallies and other public events organized by our union clients.

Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP is an equal opportunity employer. We pride ourselves in offering a supportive, compassionate work environment with dedicated mentorships to ensure all of our attorneys grow professionally and personally.

Please include a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references with your application.

Rate of pay $30 per hour, approximately 35 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Please direct a cover letter and resume to:
Amy Cu & Daniel Curry
Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dorhmann & Sommers LLP
6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2000
Los Angeles, California 90048