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

Office of the General Counsel
Washington, DC

This is the 2021 fellowship description for this mentor organization. 

AFSCME is a progressive labor union, with well over a million members, and a leader in the labor movement. AFSCME’s members provide vital public services that make America happen. We are nurses, childcare providers, school/university support staff, library workers, EMTs, health care providers, sanitation workers and many more public servants. AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity for all working families. 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.

Peggy Browning Fellowship Description

Peggy Browning Fellows will assist the Office of the General Counsel in providing in-house legal representation to AFSCME International and its affiliates throughout the country. This includes assisting in initiating and defending litigation before state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and administrative agencies to safeguard the interests of the union and its members, as well as assisting in providing non-litigation counsel on diverse matters such as organizing campaigns, legislative and policy advocacy, campaign finance and political law, pensions and employee benefits, and internal union governance. In addition to traditional issues of labor and employment law, the Office confronts numerous questions of constitutional law including matters related to the First Amendment.

The successful candidate should possess good research and writing skills, demonstrated academic excellence, and a serious commitment to work for the labor movement and to protect worker rights.

AFSCME is not able to provide full compensation for the Summer 2021 Peggy Browning Fellowship Program but is willing to supplement law school or other funding secured by applicants. Applicants awarded a Peggy Browning Fellowship at AFSCME will be paid a supplement, if needed, to earn a total of $6,000 for the 10-week fellowship, or will earn equivalent school credit.

Preference will be given to those qualified candidates who can obtain law school or other funding, or school credit as part of an externship or similar program through their law school.

In 2020, Peggy Browning Fellows hired by AFSCME worked remotely due to the pandemic. While we hope to offer an in-office experience at AFSCME headquarters in Washington D.C. for our fellows in 2021, we will follow public health guidelines. If necessary, fellows will have the opportunity to work remotely.

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

Address cover letter to:

Hiring Committee
ATTN: Debbie Plummer
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
Office of the General Counsel
1625 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036