The United Farm Workers (UFW) organizes to end poverty and empower farm workers to advance economic and social conditions within rural and Latino communities. Our specialty is labor law and our focus is providing effective legal services that promote the growth of the UFW’s organizing and collective bargaining abilities. Significant pro-worker changes in the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act became law in January 2012 and the continuing challenges to implement the law contribute to making the internship experiences unique and invaluable.
The UFW Legal Department has the capacity to work with 2 (two) law student interns in the summer or during another 10 week period. UFW law school interns participate in evidence gathering (including worker interviews), case development and legal research, writing, and analysis in the areas including labor law, civil rights, contracts, wage/hour violations and trademark protection. Law interns may also assist training organizing staff on basic labor law.
Interns may spend part of their time working out of the UFW’s Legal Department headquarters in Keene, California and part of the time working out of UFW Regional offices in Delano, Salinas, Santa Rosa, and Oxnard. The UFW Legal Department works closely with 4 attorneys who have a total of over sixty years of experience in the legal field in addition to a team of paralegals.
Ability to communicate in Spanish is required. There is a great deal of flexibility and responsibility with this internship. Only candidates who are highly motivated and capable of working independently in unstructured team environments are encouraged to apply. Law students who apply for this position also need to have a vehicle for transportation, a laptop, and be willing to spend the time necessary to acquire grants or fellowships to cover their personal living expenses for the summer.
For more information about the UFW please see www.ufw.org. For more information about the current law student internship program please contact UFW attorney Mary Mecartney at Marym1970@ufw.org.
Location: Keene, California
Compensation: Although we are unable to offer paid positions, we will work with selected candidates to secure funding through your law school and other possible public-interest funding sources. Academic credit may also be available through your law school.
Application: Please email (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to Marym1970@ufw.org with “Law Student Intern Application” in the subject line.