We accept a wide range of cases on behalf of workers, unions, and nonprofits, but focus primarily on workers’ collective rights and freedom of association. See below for an overview of our cases. In this context, our work can have a broader and more lasting impact on advancing workplace rights and economic justice.
The clinic handles both domestic and international labor law cases, and students have done case-related work in Haiti, Cambodia, Honduras, Costa-Rica, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and Paraguay.
In addition to an overview of the federal private-sector statute governing workers’ right to organize, bargain collectively, and strike, the course material covers labor rights in the international human rights framework, immigrant workers, and issues of racial discrimination.
All of the clinic’s work is client-driven and students are at the forefront of the representation and counseling. Students will develop a range of valuable lawyering skills, including: 1) interviewing and counseling; 2) practice-oriented research, writing, and drafting; 3) trial skills (opening, direct and cross-examination, dealing with evidentiary issues); 4) working collaboratively; 5) public presentations; 6) transactional casework counseling clients; and 7) strategic planning.
Students gain an understanding of client representation in the administrative process and through the private dispute resolution mechanisms of mediation and final and binding arbitration.