Fair Work Center

Seattle, WA

This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This fellowship has been awarded to Devin Blevins from University of Washington School of Law.

The Fair Work Center is a hub for workers to understand and exercise their workplace rights, improve working conditions, and connect with community resources.  The Fair Work Center offers a civil legal aid clinic, operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law.  The Clinic advises and represents workers in accessing their rights under Seattle's labor ordinances as well as under state and federal law.

The Fair Work Center works in partnership with our sister organization, Working Washington.  Working Washington organizes workers to raise wages, improve labor standards, and change the conversation about wealth, inequality, and the value of work.

The Clnic meets community members where they are, with representation taking place in the community rather than waiting for workers to come to us.  We focus our services on communities of color, immigrant communities, youth workers and LGBTQ workers.  We work with a collaborative of ten community organizations, including Al Noor Community Center, Somali Community Services, LGBTQ Allyship, Latino Community Fund, One American, and others.

At the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic, the Peggy Browning Fellow will be integrated in every aspect of our work and, depending on the Fellow's interests and abilities, could work on any of the following:

1) Worker Intake and Counseling - After training and under the supervision of the Legal Director, the Fellow will meet with wrokers to provide legal information, self-help assistance, referral, or evaluation of the case for representation by the Clinic;

2) Individual Case Handling - The Fellow will be assigned to work on individual cases which the Clinic has agreed to take on for representation.  These cases could involve demand letters and negotiation, administrative advocacy or litigation;

3) The Fellow will assist with policy research and larger pieces of litigation as appropriate.

The Fair Work Center is involved in the policy discussions around minimum standards at the national, state and local levels.  The Fellow would be warmly invited to attend any conferences, workshops or stakeholder discussions in which the FWC participates.

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

Address cover letter to:

Elizabeth Ford, Legal Director
Fair Work Center
116 Warren Avenue N   Suite A
Seattle, WA 98109