NYSUT - New York State United Teachers

New York, NY

This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This fellowship has been awarded to Elyssa Carr from St. John's University School of Law and Patrick Roach from CUNY School of Law.

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) represents more than 600,000 people who work in, or are retired from, New York's schools, colleges, and healthcare facilities, including teachers, teacher aides and assistants, college and university faculty and professional staff, school bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, cafeteria workers, nurses and healthcare technicians.  We are a federation of more than 1,200 local unions, each representing its own members.  We are affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA).

NYSUT's in-house legal department provides representation and guidance in a variety of settings in both the public and private sectors.  Peggy Browning Fellows work directly with staff attorneys providing research, writing, and litigation support across a broad spectrum of labor and employment matters.  During the 10-week program, we provide our Peggy Browning Fellows with the opportunity to assist staff attorneys with representation of teachers, school related professionals, nurses and other public and private sector employees and local unions in a variety of matters such as disciplinary proceedings, federal and state litigation, proceedings at the Public Employee Relations Board and the National Labor Relations Board.  We make a concerted effort to ensure that the Fellows have an opportunity to attend proceedings and meetings outside of the office in order to get an idea of the ”real life” practice of a union-side attorney.  The Fellows also become familiar with the intricacies of the NYS Education Law.  The work of a Peggy Browning Fellow directly assists NYSUT members and locals because he/she will work closely with staff attorneys and managing attorneys providing legal research and writing, interviewing clients and potential witnesses, and providing input in legal strategy sessions regarding the variety of matters that the Office of General Counsel handles.

In 2019, NYSUT is pleased to offer to host two Peggy Browning Fellows in our New York City Office.  NYSUT OGC has an interest in continuing its tradition of offering opportunities to qualified minority candidates.

The stipend for this Fellowship is $18.00/hour, with the expectation that Fellows will work 35 hours per week.  We are looking for hard working students with a demonstrated interest in the labor movement and the rights of working people.

Applicants for the PBF Fellowship in NYSUT's New York office should address cover letter to:

Lena M. Ackerman, Associate General Counsel
New York State United Teachers, Office of General Counsel
52 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10004