Equal Justice Center

Austin, Dallas, Houston or San Antonio, TX

This is the 2021 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

The Equal Justice Center is a nonprofit public interest law firm that specializes in employment, immigration, and civil rights law, serving low-wage working people regardless of their immigration status. With offices in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, the EJC represents working people across the state of Texas. We use litigation and other forms of legal advocacy to empower low-income workers: we help workers to recover unpaid wages (minimum wage, overtime, prevailing wages, contract wages), combat workplace sexual assault and harassment and other forms of employment discrimination, and vindicate their NLRA rights to organize for better wages and working conditions. We also advocate for immigrants’ rights – through DACA, naturalization, and the enforcement of anti-labor-trafficking statutes – to build the foundation for comprehensive immigration reform while strengthening employment justice for all.

The EJC trains law student interns to handle cases as student-attorneys. After an intensive legal orientation, the 2021 Peggy Browning Fellow will be assigned to a litigation team and given a caseload of four to five active cases. With their team, the Fellow will litigate some cases as first-chair counsel, taking primary responsibility for advancing single or multi-plaintiff wage theft or discrimination cases, and others as second-chair counsel, assisting EJC attorneys on complex, multi-issue, collective or class action cases.

The Fellow will have opportunities to expand their professional horizons through weekly formal class sessions on labor and employment practice; through co-counsel relationships with outside private and public interest attorneys; through networking with allied labor organizations, immigrant rights groups, and progressive private and non-profit attorneys; and through organized social events.

In past years, the EJC has hosted law students in each of its four Texas offices. At this time, however, we are planning for remote internships in 2021.

The EJC affirmatively values and seeks diversity in its staff and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, family status, or veteran status. Members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The total 10-week stipend for this fellowship will be $6,000.

Address cover letter to:

Bill Beardall, Executive Director/Senior Attorney
Equal Justice Center
510 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

www.equaljusticecenter.org