Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Legal Department
Washington, DC

This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This fellowship has been awarded to: Gabe Frumkin from Boston College Law School, Amanda Leonard from Duquesne University School of Law, Alex Rowell from University of Michigan Law School, Jacob Schermer from Ohio State University College of Law, and Jonathon White from Southern University Law Center.

The Peggy Browning Fund dedicates this fellowship to the memory of Norm Gleichman, a very good friend of PBF and a dedicated labor lawyer and advocate, who died suddenly on January 11, 2013.  Norm was Deputy General Counsel of the Service Employees International Union, a position he held since 2002.  He was also an active member of the Peggy Browning Fund's Advisory Board, where his support, counsel and advice were invaluable.  In both roles, he served as a mentor to many law students and young lawyers starting out in careers dedicated to workers' rights.  For eight years before joining the SEIU's legal staff, Norm was a legal counsel with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.  Earlier, he did legal work for the Communications Workers of America, and practiced with the firms of Barr, Peer & Camens and Cafferky, Powers, Jordan & Lewis.  His career, prematurely cut short, was one dedicated to advancing social justice for working people.  He is sorely missed.

SEIU is a progressive, dynamic and growing labor organization representing over 2 million members in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, principally in the property service, public service, and health care fields. Attorneys in SEIU’s Legal Department engage in innovative lawyering to further the organization's interests in organizing new workers, improving working conditions, engaging in political action, and achieving social justice. This includes representation of SEIU in litigation before courts and administrative agencies involving the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, election campaign finance laws, and local and state labor relations statutes.

Peggy Browning Fellows in the SEIU Legal Department conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda, work with attorneys on pending litigation, attend hearings and conferences, and meet with union leaders.

We are interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to workers' rights and social change.  The successful applicant will also have a strong academic background with excellent writing and researching skills. Completion of the basic labor law course is not required, but applicants who have taken it should so note on the application.

In 2019, the Peggy Browning Fellow(s) at SEIU will be paid $22/hour for a 35-hour work week.

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

SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value and encourage diversity in applicants.

Address cover letter to:

Kimberly Sanchez
Assistant General Counsel
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036