National Domestic Workers Alliance

Oakland, CA

This is the 2021 fellowship description for this organization.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) organizes domestic workers in the United States for respect, recognition and improved labor standards. NDWA is committed to mentoring and offering opportunities to law students who are committed to social/labor justice.

Our current projects where law clerks would be involved include:  creating and passing state and municipal Domestic Worker Bills of Rights; shaping federal Domestic Worker Bill of Rights  legislation and regulatory reform in line with the priorities of our membership, especially in the areas of employment and collective bargaining protections; engaging in policy analysis and advocacy around immigrant rights and labor trafficking in collaboration with trafficking survivors; creating guidelines for tech companies around respecting workers in the on-demand economy.

Because we are a national policy/advocacy organization, which does not engage in direct legal services, the Peggy Browning Fellow will not be assigned individual cases.  Rather, they will be assigned individual policy projects related to the numerous policy/legislative campaigns that will be under way in the summer of 2021.  At any time, the Fellow may work on discrete or collaborative assignments for state legislative campaigns (CA, NJ, NY, Virginia, etc.) along with municipal campaigns (in San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, DC, and others), all of which will be addressing labor reforms and/or immigrant rights policy and organizing campaigns on behalf of domestic workers and/or care workers.

The Fellow will also be assigned projects that involve creating and implementing "Know Your Rights" community outreach materials, whereby they will be charged with doing community presentations and reaching many people from the public.

The position will involve legal research, writing and participation in community events and coalition and legislative meetings.  The Fellow will be assigned a portfolio of work based on the needs of the organization.  Areas of focus are likely to include:

  • Review and analysis of proposed federal, state andlocal bills impacting domstic workers;
  • Legal research in support of the drafting of municipal and state labor/employment policy platforms;
  • Production of research memos to assist NDWA and local affiliates to assess possibilities for local legislative innovation;
  • Creation of guides and toolkits for worker organizations;
  • Research on the domestic work industry and related issues;
  • Assistance with legislative visits; and
  • Research on state and federal legislative and budgeting processes.

We will try to tailor work to the Fellow's interests.

The fellow will work remotely from home as other NDWA staff. All work is done via zoom and other technology. The fellow will be able to participate in a series of Bay Area summer brown bag lunches hosted by legal services organizations in San Francisco, including Legal Aid at Work and the Asian Law Caucus. In addition, the Fellow will be invited to participate in legislative advocacy efforts to Sacramento, CA related to our policy work, but also to community events sponsored by our affiliate member organizations in Oakland and San Francisco. There are also numerous events that are sponsored by the SF and Alameda Bar Associations, as well as the Public Interest Clearinghouse.

Fellowship Qualifications Preferences:

  • Agreement and alignment with NDWA's vision and values;
  • Understanding of issues facing low-wage workers, immigrant communities, and other communities of color and persons with disabilities;
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills;
  • Knowledge of employment or immigration law is a plus;
  • 2nd year law student preferred;
  • Clinical Legal Education Training in public interest law is a plus;
  • Bilingual Spanish/English proficiency is a plus;
  • Experience working with grass-roots organizations and helping to develop organizing and legislative campaigns is a plus;
  • Dedication to following the lead of community-based organizations;
  • Self-sufficient and proactively able to look for solutions to problems;
  • Experience with being supervised and responsive to the work that is requested;
  • Proficiency and comfort with Lexis, Westlaw or other research platforms;
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations.

The Fellow will work 40 hours per week. The total ten-week stipend for this fellowship will be $6,000.

Address cover letter to:

Rocio Alejandra Avila, Esq.
Senior Employment Law Counsel & State Policy Director
National Domestic Workers Alliance
1721 Broadway Street, #201
Oakland, CA 94612