AFSCME - American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO

Office of the General Counsel
Washington, DC

This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization. 

The AFSCME Office of the General Counsel seeks Fellows for the summer of 2019.  AFSCME is a labor union with more than 1.6 million members. AFSCME's members provide the vital public services that make America happen.  We are nurses, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers and more.  AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity for all working famlies.  We not only stand for fairness at the bargaining table - we fight for fairness in our communities and in the halls of government.

AFSCME has affiliates in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  The International Union, based in Washington, DC, coordinates the union's actions on major national issues and provides resources to affiliates for organizing, bargaining, political action, and member education.  The Office of the General Counsel provides in-house legal representation to AFSCME International and its affiliates throughout the country. This includes initiating and defending litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies to safeguard the interests of the union, as well as providing non-litigation counsel  on diverse matters such as organizing campaigns, legislative and policy advocacy, union spending on political elections, pensions and employee benefits, and internal union governance. In addition to traditional issues on labor and employment law, the Office confronts numerous questions of constitutional law

Students interested in applying for a Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellow position should possess excellent research and writing skills, demonstrated academic excellence, and a serious commitment to social justice. 2Ls are preferred, but we will consider 1Ls who have a demonstrated interest in labor law.

Fellows awarded this position at AFSCME are paid $20 per hour.

In addition to the basic application requirements (cover letter, application form, essays, resume), applicants for this fellowship must also include a transcript and two legal writing samples.

Address cover letter to:

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
Office of the General Counsel
1101 17th Street NW, #900
Washington, DC 20036
Attn:  Hiring Committee