American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Legal Department
Washington, DC

This is the 2020 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.7 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.  Five divisions within the AFT represent the broad spectrum of the AFT's membership: pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals.  In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.  The AFT’s membership is diverse and the AFT has a longstanding history of advocating for the civil rights of its members and the communities they serve.

The Legal Department of the AFT, located in Washington, DC, provides legal counsel to the union's officers and staff, as well as its local affiliates.  Under the direction of the General Counsel and department attorneys, the Peggy Browning Fellow will assist with a wide variety of research, writing and litigation assignments.  The subject matter of these assignments will include public and private sector labor relations, civil and immigrants’ rights, and education policy issues.  The Fellow will be provided significant responsibility and at the end of the summer should have several legal writing samples.

Applicants must be second year law students who have taken a course in either labor or employment law.  Students applying should possess excellent research and writing skills and demonstrate a strong interest in labor law and public service.

This position will pay $25.00/hour.

In addition to the basic application requirements (cover letter, application form, essays, resume), applicants for this fellowship must also include a legal writing sample. Address cover letter to:

American Federation of Teachers
Legal Department
Attn: Jessica Rutter
555 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001