Partnership for Working Families

Oakland, CA

This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This fellowship has been awarded to Elizabeth Brown from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and Jecqueline Uranga from New York University School of Law.

The Partnership for Working Families (Partnership), with our 19 affiliate organizations, is driving a progressive agenda to harness the power of cities and influence billions of dollars in public and private investment. Our network is building powerful, governing coalitions with a grassroots base of leaders to advance a vision of just, sustainable, and democratic cities by:

  • Restructuring our economy to advance policies rooted in economic, racial and gender justice,
  • Reshaping our built environment to create healthier communities and slow climate change, and
  • Remaking our democracy by building power through civic engagement and leadership development.

Our attorneys provide legal support to campaigns in major metro areas across the U.S. that transform local and regional economies using organizing, policy and innovative legal tools. Recent examples of our work include: an agreement ensuring high quality jobs for disadvantaged and formerly incarcerated local residents at a massive redevelopment project in Oakland, an ordinance that ensures public subsidy is spent in a way that benefits the community in Nashville, an amicus brief highlighting the racial justice impacts of Alabama's law prohibiting local minimum wages, a proposed ordinance that requires city contractors to disclose connections to work on the Border Wall, and legal defense of a ballot measure providing protections to hotel workers against sexual harassment and wage theft.

In the summer of 2019, the Partnership's legal team will, among other things, provide legal support to the campaigns for community benefits at major economic development projects in multiple cities (including Google's proposed campus in San Jose and Amazon's HQ2 developments), work to ensure proper enforcement of local minimum wage and employee benefits laws, and advance strategies to counter corporate-driven interference with cities' power to protect workers.

During her or his10 weeks of work with us, a Fellow is typically able to tackle 1 to 2 major research and writing projects and engage with 2 to 3 cutting edge campaigns impacting thousands of workers. The Fellow works directly with both our legal team and staff from our local affiliates who are driving campaigns in order to develop and integrate the legal work into the campaign.

Working in the Bay Area, our Fellows have an opportunity to participate in weekly student brown bag lunches, informal meetings and trainings with lawyers and law students doing path-breaking work on workers' rights, organizing, environmental justice, and corporate and governmental accountability.

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

Address cover letter to:

Ben Beach, Legal Director
The Partnership for Working Families
1305 Franklin Street, Suite 501
Oakland, CA 94612