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2017 Summer LEADS Program

Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Summer LEADS Program. The 2017 application is now closed. 

Amy Moor Gaylord
Chair, LEADS Committee

The Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program

Franczek Radelet's Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) Fellowship Program was established by the firm in 2010 to create a pipeline of talented and diverse law students in the Labor and Employment space.

The LEADS program is an intensive eight-week program designed for diverse first- and second-year law students who have an interest in pursuing a legal career in private practice representing employers in labor and employment matters. The program’s goal is to provide concentrated labor and employment legal experience while developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for potential future employment in the legal profession.

2016 LEADS Fellows

For its 5th class of LEADS Fellows, Franczek Radelet welcomes Gautham Ganesan, Thalia Pacheco and John Swinney.

Gautham GanesanGautham Ganesan, who will be a 2L at Notre Dame Law School this fall, is the Asian Law Students Association Class Representative and has served as an Intern with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers through the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. He earned his B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Davis. From May 2012 to August 2015, Ganesan served as managing editor and head writer of “Fear the Fin,” a popular San Jose Sharks-focused online publication.

Thalia Pacheco

Thalia Pacheco, who will be a 2L at DePaul University College of Law this fall, is the event committee chair of the Latino Law Student Association. She earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Professional Communications from Northern Illinois University. This past January, she volunteered in New Orleans for the Saint Bernard Project. She is fluent in Spanish and previously interned as a paralegal for a law firm in the Chicago suburbs. 

John Swinney

John Swinney, who will be a 3L at Notre Dame Law School this fall, is an active member of the Education Law Forum and the Business Law Forum. John is a staff member with the Journal of College and University Law and a Student Representative for the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for the 7th Circuit. He is returning for his second year as a LEADS Fellow with Franczek Radelet. He earned his B.A. in The Teaching of Spanish from the University of Illinois. 

The LEADS Curriculum

This program, unlike most traditional law firm summer associate programs, includes specific learning and experience modules for the LEADS Fellows during an eight-week fellowship period. The curriculum combines substantive legal experience with practical training provided by Franczek Radelet attorneys. LEADS Fellows will also receive an orientation to the business of practicing law with a focus on transitioning from the life of a law student to that of a private practice attorney. 

With each Fellow assigned to a small group of Franczek Radelet attorneys, Fellows will also learn first-hand the work and demands associated with being a practicing labor and employment attorney. Work experience includes substantive exposure to real time labor, employment, employee benefits, immigration and education issues facing employers.

The Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Commitment

Franczek Radelet highly values the varied perspectives and experiences which are found only in a diverse workplace. As a firm, we define diversity as inclusion of employees of different race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, cultural and ethnic background, ability, nationality and other unique attributes that do not interfere with effective job performance and superior client service. Click here to read more about our diversity initiatives.