Clean Slate Future of Labor Law Research Fellowship


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Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program in partnership with Jobs With Justice invites applications for appointment as a Future of Labor Law Research Fellow. The Future of Labor Law Research Fellowship is a 12 months fellowship for law graduates with a commitment to expanding access to collective bargaining for working people and to reforming labor law. The Fellows will be placed with an existing organizing campaign led by Jobs with Justice to conduct legal research on the ground on the limitations of labor law in organizing workers and to act as a legal support to worker organizing.

The fellows’ work will inform the Clean Slate Project, an initiative of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, which is building a policy agenda to reconstruct labor law in order to rebalance U.S. economy and politics.  It is a multi-year project that involves leading academics, activists, advocates, labor leaders and practitioners and will culminate with a comprehensive set of actionable recommendations.

Fellows will (1) share findings with the Clean Slate Project  on how labor law obstructs worker collective action, or could better facilitate such activity, and recommendations for how to re-write labor law to better support collective action; and (2) provide advice to the campaign with which they are placed that is grounded in their research. Fellows will work closely with and receive mentorship from Clean Slate Project staff and a dedicated member of the Jobs With Justice Education Fund. In addition, Fellows will have an opportunity to attend convenings, workshops, and other Labor and Worklife Program events with travel expenses covered.

Two Fellowships are available, both commencing between June 1, 2019 and September 1, 2019, based on Fellows’ availability, and for the duration of 12 months. The fellowship stipend will be $62,500 per year. Fellows will likely be based in Portland, OR and Denver, CO.

About the campaigns: Both campaigns will involve innovative organizing strategies such as implementing sectoral bargaining in one industry at the municipal level or developing a strategic partnership between a government agency and a non-profit organization on labor law enforcement.

A completed J.D. degree or current enrollment in a third year of an American Bar Association-accredited law school is required. Previous labor law coursework, experience with organizing campaigns, and experience advocating on behalf of working people are not required but will be considered favorably. To apply, submit a cover letter; your resume and law school transcript; two or three letters of recommendation; and one scholarly writing sample.

We are an equal opportunity institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

If you have any questions, please contact Adam Shah, Jobs With Justice,  Applications are due by May 1, 2019 and should be sent to: 

Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law Research Fellowship 
Harvard Law School 
50 Church Street, Floor 3 
Cambridge, MA 02138 
or via email to (subject line: Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law Research Fellowship).


See also: Clean Slate

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