Leonard Carder LLP

San Francisco and Oakland, CA

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

Leonard Carder represents unions, Taft-Hartley trust funds, and employees in wage and hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, class action, and law reform litigation. Our commitment to unions and workers dates back more than eight decades, with involvement in some of the most memorable labor struggles on the West Coast. Our attorneys are dedicated to advancing workers’ rights by representing the labor movement, including international and local labor unions in both the private and public sectors, in industries as varied as the longshore, maritime, hospitality, transportation, construction, utility, technical, professional, and public sectors. In recent decades, we have expanded our mission by protecting and advancing workers’ rights by representing workers in class actions to enforce wage and hour and other employment laws, winning groundbreaking cases against sham independent contractor arrangements. We also represent dozens of pension, health, and other employee benefit plans covering workers, retirees, and their dependents.

The Peggy Browning Fellow will have the opportunity to work alongside attorneys in representing labor unions and employee benefit plans, as well as representing employees in class actions, individual employee rights cases and law reform litigation. The Fellow will be assigned legal research and writing projects addressing a variety of labor, employment, and benefit plan issues. In addition, the Fellow will often accompany attorneys to client meetings, arbitrations, hearings, and other legal proceedings. The position is full-time over 10 weeks, with a flexible start date based on law school calendars.

In order to be exposed to the different practice areas within our firm and meet as many attorneys as possible, the Fellow will spend half the summer in our San Francisco office and the other half in our Oakland office. A team of three attorneys is responsible for facilitating assignments to ensure the Fellow has a diverse and engaging workload over the course of the summer. We schedule weekly check-in meetings to gauge the Fellow’s workload and interests, offer advice on assignments, and give feedback as the summer progresses.

Leonard Carder encourages Fellows to attend educational webinars, including those hosted by PBF, the Union Lawyers Alliance (ULA), and the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA). The Firm also purchases tables or tickets to local fundraisers for organizations dedicated to workers' rights and will invite the Fellow to attend to meet other attorneys and worker advocates. The Bay Area is also home to a vibrant workers’ rights community, and Leonard Carder is sometimes able to hold joint events with other like-minded law firms and public interest organizations.

Please include a writing sample and references in your application materials.

The Fellow will be paid $35 per hour.

Please direct a cover letter and resume to:

Amanda Eaton
Leonard Carder LLP
1999 Harrison Street, Suite 2700
Oakland, CA 94612