AFL-CIO - American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

Office of the General Counsel
Washington, DC

This is the 2024 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This position has been filled.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 60 national and international labor unions representing more than 12.5 million workers of every gender, race, and ethnicity and from every walk of life. We are teachers and truck drivers, musicians and miners, firefighters and farm workers, bakers and bottlers, doctors and nurses, iron workers and laborers -- and more.

In the AFL-CIO, workers and unions find the opportunity to combine strength and to work together to improve the lives of America’s working families, bring fairness and dignity to the workplace and secure social and economic equity in our nation. The AFL-CIO and member unions are dedicated to four interconnecting goals critical to achieving that mission:
strengthening working families by enabling more workers to join together in unions; building a stronger political voice for working families; providing new voice for workers in the global economy; and creating a more effective voice for working families in our communities.

To further these goals, the Office of the General Counsel provides advice and guidance to AFL-CIO officers, staff and affiliated unions on a host of legal and programmatic issues. The Office is also active in appellate litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Courts of Appeal, the NLRB and other tribunals on issues of importance to union members and workers generally.

The Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellow will perform legal research and writing on a variety of issues, including those arising under the NLRA, FLSA, Title VII, OSHA and immigration laws. The Summer Fellow will also assist with various legislative, regulatory and public policy matters. Applicants should possess excellent research, writing and oral communication skills, and have a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement and to issues affecting working families.

The AFL-CIO prefers 2L applicants who will have taken a Labor Law class by the end of their 2L year. In addition to the basic application requirements (cover letter, application form, essays, resume), applicants for this fellowship must also include a law school transcript and a writing sample.

The AFL-CIO will provide a total stipend for the ten-week fellowship of $10,000.  The fellow will work on site at the AFL-CIO's Washington D.C. headquarters.

Address cover letter to:

Raven L. Hall
Associate General Counsel
815 Black Lives Matter Plaza, NW
Washington, DC 20006