Fellowships Sponsorship Posting for 2018 Fellows
A Better Balance is a legal advocacy organization that has been a leader in the movement to reshape laws and policies to fit the needs of today’s workforce. ABB’s mission is to promote equality and expand choices for men and women at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. We are national leaders on a range of issues, including caregiver/pregnancy antidiscrimination, paid sick time and paid family leave laws, support for breastfeeding workers, LGBTQ work-family issues, workplace flexibility, and the problem of lack of control over worker schedules. We are also working to insure that localities that want to pass progressive laws are not stopped from doing so by state preemption. ABB works on these issues at both the national and local level and employs a wide range of strategies – legislative advocacy, technical support to campaigns around the country, litigation, grassroots organizing, research, and public education. Here in New York where we are headquartered, we were leaders in several successful campaigns, such as: the fight to guarantee earned sick time to millions of workers in New York City, passage of the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which ensures that pregnant women are not pushed out of their jobs when they need a modest accommodation to stay healthy, a landmark package of laws fighting abusive scheduling practices, and the New York state paid family leave law. Following those campaigns, we are working on effective implementation of those laws, creating materials, doing outreach and representing workers in our legal clinic who are being denied rights we helped secure.
ABB is based in New York City and maintains a Southern office in Nashville, TN. The Southern Office focuses on the issues affecting working families in the Southeast US, where poverty rates for women and families are among the highest in the country and where legal protections are often scarce.
The ABB New York City and Southern Office are both recruiting rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and recent law school graduates interested in applying for an externally funded 1-2 year public interest fellowship starting in September 2018. The NYC fellow would be based in New York City; the Southern Office fellow would be based in Nashville, TN.
Potential projects in the NYC office could focus on: education and enforcement of the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the Earned Sick Time Act, or city scheduling laws; New York State equal pay, anti-discrimination, or paid family leave laws; paid leave or paid sick time campaigns around the country; LGBTQ work-family issues; defending local, progressive laws from state and federal interference (preemption); direct legal services; or other issues related to expanding work/family laws and policies in New York state or nationally.
Potential projects in the Southern Office could focus on: public education and enforcement of existing legal protections for working families in the Southeast, expanding laws and policies to be more family-friendly, and focusing on particular industries or populations with uniquely Southern issues affecting working families.
- Law degree required.
- Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, women’s rights, civil rights, or advocacy for low-income populations.
- Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, and analytic skills. Experience writing for legal and non-legal audiences a plus.
- Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills.
- Spanish fluency is a plus.
How to Apply
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
For the Southern Office, based in Nashville, TN, please e-mail a resume, brief cover letter, a short writing sample, and two references to: email@example.com.
For the New York City office, please e-mail a resume, brief cover letter, a short writing sample, and two references to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABB is an equal opportunity employer.