Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow LLP

Berkeley, CA

This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization

Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasowseeks a 2019 summer fellow in its Berkeley office.

Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow specializes in public interest litigation on behalf of workers, retirees, unions, and people with disabilities, as well as special projects for labor unions. Our core practice areas are employee benefits (ERISA), wage and hour, civil rights, employment law, election law, health care law, and – as must be true for all litigators -- civil procedure.  We have successfully represented individuals, unions, non-profits, and classes of workers against some of the largest corporate defendants in the country, going to trial when necessary. Our work for unions is done in support of innovative campaigns and broad social justice issues, especially in the health care industry. We do not practice traditional labor law; instead, we collaborate with firms that do.

Our small-firm work environment is underpinned by collaboration and mutual respect, as well as shared commitments to economic and social justice. We believe in the importance of professional development including mentorship, engaging with community and professional groups, and participating in formal continuing education.  We value diversity in the communities we work in, and we actively seek to reflect that diversity in our organization.  We try to foster a friendly and collegial environment while maintaining the most rigorous professional standards and zealous advocacy for our clients.  We also strive to be a place where attorneys and staff can pursue their lives and interests outside of work.

Summer fellows complete a wide array of projects with the firm, including drafting legal memos for use in both litigation and policy advocacy, authoring portions of briefs for use in litigation, interviewing witnesses and drafting declarations, and taking complete ownership over administrative appeals of long-term disability and pension claims.  We seek to mentor fellows by providing extensive feedback on their work, offering law school and career advice, providing opportunities to attend depositions and hearings where possible, and introducing them to the variety of firms and organizations with whom we collaborate.

The ideal candidate would have excellent research and writing skills, a strong academic record, and demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights or other forms of community and public service.

The pay is $20 - $22 an hour depending on experience.

We prefer second year law students but will consider first year law students. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

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

Address cover letter to:

Darin Ranahan
Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow LLP
2030 Addison Street, Suite 500
Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 269-7998