Labor and Employment Law Section Diversity Fellowships


NOVEMBER 30, 2021

Purpose:  The Labor and Employment Section’s (Section) Diversity Fellowship seeks to attract emerging leaders and increase the diversity – including, but not limited to, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, cultural and practice area – of its membership.  The Fellowship’s financial support is intended to encourage the Fellow’s attendance at meetings and further participation in the Section.   A Fellowship grant may include payment of NYSBA and Labor and Employment Law Section dues for two years, Labor and Employment Law Section Fall CLE Meeting and Annual CLE Meeting registration fees, lodging and travel expenses for attendance at Section Meetings (provided the Fellow’s employer does not have ethics regulations prohibiting such reimbursements.)

Qualification criteria:  Attorney who practices Labor and/or Employment law who has demonstrated a commitment to leadership within the bar.

Recommendations:  To ensure that the Fellows are interested in making a meaningful contribution the Section, each candidate must submit one (1) recommendation from an employer, professor, or any other professional reference.

Essay:   An application for a Fellowship must include an essay up to 500 words describing the applicant’s interest in the Labor and Employment Law Section and how the Section may benefit from the applicant’s participation in the Section.

Memberships:  Please tell us about your involvement with bar associations, professional organizations, and whether you have received any recognition’s or awards.

Resume:  Please provide a current resume or CV.

Mentoring:  Each fellow will be paired with a member of the Executive Committee (EC) who will be in attendance at the Fall and Winter meetings.  The EC member will contact the fellow, at a minimum, once per quarter to discuss leadership opportunities within the Section (e.g., speaking opportunities at meetings; writing for the Journal; participating on the EC committee, etc.), the leadership structure of the Section and NYSBA, and any other issues that are important for encouraging the fellow’s future (and increased) participation in the Section.

Lawyers should address Applications or Fellowship inquiries to Labor & Employment Law Section Liaison, Cathy Teeter.