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. Future of Labor Law Research Fellows are law students or recent 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 a campaign that forges new paths in giving working people opportunities to negotiate for improvements in their workplaces and in their communities. These on-the-ground campaigns will have an integral role in shaping the Clean Slate Project. 

The Clean Slate Project is an initiative of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School that is building a policy agenda to reconstruct labor law in order to rebalance our 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. The Fellows will be an integral part of that process through their involvement in on-the-ground organizing campaigns.  

It is assumed that the bulk of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to two matters: (1) Fellows will report to 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) Fellows will provide advice to the campaign with which they are placed that is grounded in their research.  Adam Shah, an attorney and Senior Policy Analyst with the Jobs With Justice Education Fund, will coordinate the fellows’ work, including selecting the campaigns and providing advice and mentoring to the fellows.  In addition, Fellows will collaborate with the Executive Director of the Labor & Worklife Program Sharon Block on the work of the Clean Slate Project throughout the fellowship year, and attend convenings, workshops, and other Labor & Worklife Program events (travel expenses will be provided for attendance at Labor & Worklife Program events). 

The program anticipates providing two, one-year full-time fellowships commencing in the winter 2019 and one half-time fellowship for the same time period.  The fellowship stipend will be approximately $50,000 per year for the full-time fellows and $25,000 per year for the half-time fellow. It is expected that one of the fellowships will be in Portland, OR and another in Atlanta, GA, with the third to be determined. 

A J.D. degree or enrollment in the 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 February 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). 

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