NYSUT - New York State United Teachers

Office of the General Counsel
Albany area (Latham), NY

This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) represents more than 600,000 people who work in, or are retired from, New York's schools, colleges, and healthcare facilities, including teachers, teacher aides and assistants, college and university faculty and professional staff, school bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, cafeteria workers, nurses and healthcare technicians.  We are a federation of more than 1,200 local unions, each representing its own members.  We are affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA).

NYSUT's in-house legal department provides representation and guidance in a variety of settings in both the public and private sectors.  Peggy Browning Fellows work directly with staff attorneys providing research, writing, and litigation support across a broad spectrum of labor and employment matters.  During the 10-week program, we provide our Peggy Browning Fellows with the opportunity to assist staff attorneys with representation of teachers and school related professionals in a variety of matters such as disciplinary proceedings, federal and state litigation, proceedings at the Public Employee Relations Board and the National Labor Relations Board.  We make a concerted effort to insure that the Fellows have an opportunity to attend proceedings and meetings outside of the office and get a flavor of the” real” practice of union-side attorney.  The Fellows also become familiar with the intricacies of the NYS Education Law.  The work of a Peggy Browning Fellow directly assists NYSUT members and locals because he/she will work closely with staff attorneys and managing attorneys to provide legal research and writing, interviewing clients and potential witnesses, and providing input in legal strategy sessions regarding the variety of matters that the Office of General Counsel handles.

The Fellow is encouraged to be open to the possibility of continuing on in the Office of General Counsel as a paid law clerk following the conclusion of his/her Fellowship.

The stipend for this Fellowship is $18.00/hour, with the expectation that Fellows will work 35-40 hours per week.  We are looking for hard working students with a demonstrated interest in the labor movement and the rights of working people. 

Applicants for the PBF fellowship in NYSUT's Latham office should address cover letter to:

Jennifer Coffey, Associate General Counsel
New York State United Teachers, Office of General Counsel
800 Troy-Schnectady Road
Latham, NY 12110