Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

Washington, DC

This is the 2021 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs was established in 1968 to address issues of racial discrimination and entrenched poverty. Since then, the Committee has successfully litigated thousands of civil rights cases and advocated for public policy changes on behalf of individuals and groups in the areas of fair housing, equal employment opportunity, public accommodations, immigrant rights, disability rights, public education, prisoners’ rights, and more.  The pro bono contributions of lawyers and law firms allows the Committee’s staff to extend the reach of its impact for individuals and communities who experience violations of their civil rights in the Washington, D.C. region and across the country.  The Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s active litigation docket includes individual cases and class actions, as well as other larger law reform cases.

Employment justice is the Washington Lawyers' Committee's largest issue area and it includes direct services to over 100 low wage workers who seek advice regarding a wide range of employment issues (including discrimination claims, wage theft claims, unemployment and workers’ compensation benefits, and other employment-related rights) at one of our seven monthly workers’ rights clinics. Fellows would be able to work at all levels of employment assistance for clients, both at clinics and also as part of litigation docket.

The Peggy Browning Fellow will assist workers at our Employment Justice Clinics by providing follow up and quality control on demand letters seeking upaid wages and redress from discrimination.  The Fellow will help the Committee staff trace patterns of workplace issues that are coming through the clinic and which need to be addressed thorough litigation.  The Fellow will provide research memos on potential litigation under Title VII, the ADA, the FLSA, the FMLA and local counterparts.  Finally, the Fellow will asist in discovery and pleadings in the Committee's active and large litigation docket.

For the summer of 2021, WLC's fellowship position is remote.

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

Address cover letter to:

Joanna Wasik, Counsel
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
700 14th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005