This year’s Minority Outreach Program (MOP) Networking Conference brought together 15 law students of color clerking with LCC law firms and union legal departments across the country for two days of workshops and presentations by LCC lawyers and union staff. The conference covered wide-ranging topics relevant to the practice as a union labor lawyer, including how unions works and the laws that govern them, immigration, organizing (focusing on National Nurses United’s organizing drive of nurses at Johns Hopkins hospital), an overview of NLRB practice and procedure, arbitration, tips on finding union-side labor law jobs, and more.
In addition to the substantive workshops and presentations, MOP participants enjoyed the “Network with General Counsels” luncheon, where they had the unique opportunity to speak to union general counsels in a smaller group setting, learn about the important work of our affiliate unions, and seek advice on a career path to becoming a labor lawyer. The students also appreciated time to get to know one another over dinner, together with some of the speakers from the conference.
Following the conference, each participating law student is paired with an experienced LCC attorney to provide guidance and support both during and after the students’ clerkships. For more information about the MOP program, contact Jessica Chu, AFL-CIO LCC Managing Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-637-5336.