Convention Scholarships

The Employee Rights Advocacy Scholarship Program

The Employee Rights Advocacy Scholarship Program is a project of The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (The Institute), NELA’s public interest organization. NELA and The Institute are committed to ensuring that NELA’s nationally renowned continuing legal education programs are accessible to those who would otherwise not be able to attend without financial assistance. We encourage applications for scholarships from legal services, public interest, and private lawyers who represent workers. Based on financial need, scholarship awards will cover the cost of the virtual Convention registration fee.

To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete the online application form. You will be asked to upload a letter on your employer’s letterhead describing:

  • our interest in attending the Convention,
  • the nature of your legal practice or the legal services you provide,
  • the workers you represent,
  • the need for financial assistance,
  • how the Convention relates to your practice and/or the clients you serve, and
  • any other information you wish us to consider.

You must submit your application and supporting documents no later than Monday, May 24, 2021. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Karen Maoki at

Please note the following:

  • Preference will be given to applicants who provide direct legal services to workers.
  • Scholarships are not transferable.
  • All applicants will receive notification that their application has been received and whether it has been granted or denied. Those receiving scholarships will be sent written confirmation two (2) week in advance of the Convention. Applicants who do not receive notification one 1) week before the Convention should contact NELA to inquire about the status of their application. Scholarships will not be awarded retroactively, and applications will not be considered after the deadline of May 24, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Scholarship recipients who do not attend the Convention will forfeit their scholarship award.
The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute for Law & Policy

The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy was established in 2008 as NELA’s public interest organization. NELA and The Institute share a vision of a future in which all workers are treated with dignity and respect; workplaces are equitable, diverse, and inclusive; and the well-being of workers is a priority in business practices. The Institute’s mission is to advance workers’ rights through research, thought leadership, and education for policymakers, advocates, and the public.

Application Deadline: May 24, 2021
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We welcome your financial support of The Institute’s Employee Rights Advocacy Scholarship Program. Your contribution toward making NELA’s renowned continuing legal education programs more accessible to employee advocates is deductible as a charitable donation to the extent provided by law. Visit us online to make your gift, or contact Leah A. Hofkin, NELA and The NELA Institute’s Director of Development (Tel: (415) 296-7629; Email: