Anti-Discrimination Center Summer Fellowships at Public Interest Law Firms
The Anti-Discrimination Center (ADC) is pleased to announce that it has established summer fellowships to provide two Columbia students who have completed their second year the opportunity to work at a private public interest law firm in New York City whose practice includes a significant component of housing or employment discrimination work. For the summer of 2014, the firms are Cuti Hecker Wang LLP and Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. The Fellowships provide a stipend of $8,000 for 10 weeks of work.
ADC is a civil rights not-for-profit based in New York City and consulting throughout the country. ADC’s motto is “one community, no exclusion,” by which it means that a true, inclusive sense of community requires the crossing of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic borders. ADC’s work includes litigation and advocacy across a broad range of discrimination issues in housing, employment, and public accommodations, and across the complete range of protected class bases. ADC is perhaps best known for its executive director, Craig Gurian CLS’83, being the principal author of both the comprehensive 1991 revisions to the NYC Human Rights Law and of the 2005 NYC Local Civil Rights Restoration Act, and for the landmark False Claims Act lawsuit ADC brought against Westchester County that led to a historic housing desegregation consent decree.ADC selected the two law firms to host the ADC Fellows because they do innovative, impactful legal work of the highest caliber and have a track record of providing a well-defined, well-organized, and highly supervised summer experience.
Cuti Hecker Wang LLP is a litigation boutique that handles a wide variety of civil rights, criminal and civil litigation matters. Its civil rights practice focuses on employment and housing discrimination and retaliation, as well as labor law, First Amendment, children's rights, religious liberties, election law, police misconduct, and prisoners' rights litigation. It regularly serves as lead counsel on both class and individual cases, seeking both injunctive and monetary relief. The ADC Summer 2014 Legal Fellow will work primarily, if not exclusively, on a variety of employment and housing discrimination matters that will be at varying stages, from initial intake and investigation, through discovery and trial, depending on timing. All Cuti lawyers have varied public interest experiences. It hopes to have the Fellow contribute to its cases while also learning what it means to be a civil rights practitioner, with the goal of effecting change and impacting clients' lives. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume addressed to Mariann Wang by email to email@example.com. Finalists will be interviewed.Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. was founded in 1949 as a union-side labor firm. For decades, the firm has fought for the rights of workers. The Vladeck firm's current practice includes representing individuals and groups or classes of employees in a wide-range of employment law cases, including discrimination, wage and hour, breach of contract and ERISA. The ADC Sumer 2014 Legal Fellow will assist with their discrimination cases, conducting legal research to assist at various stages of representation such as counseling clients, opposing dispositive motions, engaging is discovery disputes, preparing materials for trial, and appeals, as well as assisting attorneys with documents such as pleadings and motions. The Fellow will attend events such as depositions, mediations and court conferences. If there are any trials during the summer, the Fellow will have the opportunity to observe parts of the trial. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Anne Clark, Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., 1501 Broadway, Suite 800, New York, New York 10036, firstname.lastname@example.org. Finalists will be interviewed.
Applications will be due on October 28th. Each participating firm will review applications and conduct interviews in time to permit an offer letter to be transmitted on November 18th. A student who receives an offer will have a week (until November 25th) to respond to the offer. Representatives of ADC and the selected law firms will speak about their civil rights practices and the ADC Fellowship on October 8, 2013 at 12:10 in JG 546.