AFFILIATES

Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges & Opportunities
March 31–April 1, 2017
Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel
Silver Spring, MD
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Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
MWELA Trial Boot Camp - Members Only
April 20–21, 2017
JAMS
Washington, DC
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California Employment Lawyers Association
13th Annual Advanced Wage & Hour Seminar
May 12, 2017
Hilton Glendale
Glendale, CA
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NELA/NY Full Day Spring Employment Law CLE
May 12, 2017
Yale Club of New York City
New York, NY

Be The Change
NELA 2017 Annual Convention

June 21–24, 2017
San Antonio
Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX
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Florida NELA 2017 Labor Day Conference
September 1–2, 2017
The Don Cesar Resort
St. Petersburg Beach, FL
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2017 Trial Boot Camp
October 12–14, 2017
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL

California Employment Lawyers Association
30th Annual Employment Law Conference
October 20–21, 2017
(Skills Seminar on October 19)
Oakland Marriott City Center
Oakland, CA
Details

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NELA 2018 Annual Convention
June 27–30, 2018
Chicago Hilton
Chicago, IL

 

NELA Pro Bono

A crisis exists for millions of low-income workers in the United States who are unable to access the civil justice system when they are confronted with an employment-related dispute. Recognizing that pro bono service is a responsibility of the legal profession to society, NELA encourages our members and Affiliate members to render pro bono legal assistance to workers of limited means. As employee advocates for equality and justice in the American workplace, NELA members and NELA Affiliate members can make a significant contribution in helping to close this "justice gap."

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NELA's Commitment To Pro Bono: Serving The Public Good

A Message From Our Founder

"National and state-based studies consistently show that despite the combined effort of the private bar and legal aid organizations around 80% of the civil legal needs of low-income persons go unmet. Similarly, thousands of people face workplace-related disputes each year but are unable to find a lawyer to help them with understanding their basic workplace rights or to represent them. NELA members and Affiliate members can play a critical role in ensuring that all employees, regardless of their means, have access to justice by providing pro bono legal services to employees who cannot afford an attorney."

- Paul H. Tobias, NELA Founder

Equal Justice For All Workers

NELA's Pro Bono Project connects workers' rights attorneys with existing volunteer opportunities in their own communities.

Pro bono services may include, but is not limited to, legal representation, advice, or counseling without a fee or expectation of a fee to persons of limited means; volunteering at established workers' rights clinics; or collaborating with legal services organizations and worker centers.

Through our "Aspirational Statement Encouraging NELA Members & Affiliate Members To Engage In Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service," NELA recognizes pro bono activities are an important professional responsibility for our members as employee advocates. In accordance with the definitions of pro bono in the American Bar Association Model Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1, NELA members and Affiliate members are encouraged to provide at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year through direct assistance to workers of limited financial means. Please consult with your own state licensing entity to ensure compliance with your state's pro bono requirements.

A Community Of Advocates: How Can You Do Pro Bono?

You can find employment law volunteer opportunities through Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit organization "dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation." Pro Bono Net compiles resources for attorneys seeking to provide pro bono services in their own communities, including:

You may also collaborate with local legal aid organizations, law schools, and worker centers to help build a community of pro bono employment advocates.

Contact

Clark Taylor
Paul H. Tobias Attorney Fellow
The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy

ctaylor@employeerightsadvocacy.org
(415) 296-7629

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NELA is a professional organization that serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace through educational programs, publications, and technical support. NELA does not provide direct legal advice, counseling, or representation to the public. If you need an employment lawyer, you may search for one using our Find-A-Lawyer Directory.

To find out if you qualify for free legal aid or pro bono assistance, you can contact state or local legal aid provider(s). NELA members and Affiliate members partner with these programs to provide pro bono assistance.

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Pro Bono Committee

Co-Chairs
Brian East (TX)
Rebecca L. Salawdeh (WI)

David R. Cashdan (DC)
James M. Finberg (CA)
Caryn M. Groedel (OH)

David L. Kern (TX)
Victoria W. Ni (CA)

 

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