International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)

Washington, DC

This is the 2020 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) proudly represents around 203,000 members across the United States and Canada. SMART’s membership consists of sheet metal workers, service technicians, bus operators, engineers, conductors, sign workers, welders, production employees, and more.

The SMART Legal Department, located in Washington, DC, provides legal advice and guidance to SMART officers and staff, as well as its affiliated local unions and councils. The Department also assists the union with compliance issues under the SMART Constitution and federal law, organizing efforts, representational matters including grievances and arbitration, formulating and carrying out SMART policies and programs, education and training, and a wide variety of internal union matters.

The fellowship with the SMART Legal Department will provide the Peggy Browning Fellow with unique insight into working as in-house counsel at an International Union. The fellow will have an essential role in the day-to-day activities of SMART’s Legal Department by performing legal research and analysis on a wide variety of labor and employment issues, drafting legal memoranda and other legal documents, assisting with internal union governance, and performing other substantive work to support SMART and its members. The fellow's responsibilities will involve direct contact with the SMART leadership and staff.  When possible, the fellow may attend meetings and conferences.

Applicants should possess a demonstrated interest in the labor movement and worker advocacy. 2Ls who will have taken a labor law class by the end of their 2L year are strongly preferred. In addition to the basic application requirements, applicants for this fellowship must also submit a legal writing sample and law school transcript.

The fellowship is a summer position that will last 10 weeks, with a total ten-week stipend of $8,000.

Address cover letter to:

Donna Silverman, House Counsel
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
1750 New York Ave, N.W. Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20006

www.smart-union.org