2017 Summer LEADS Program
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.
2017 LEADS Fellows
For its 6th class of LEADS Fellows, Franczek Radelet welcomes Daniel Kim and Ala Salameh.
Daniel Kim, who will be a 2L at Notre Dame Law School this fall, is vice president of the Military Law Students’ Association and the outreach chair of the Asian Law Students Association. He earned his B.A. in History from George Washington University. Prior to attending Notre Dame, Daniel served in the United States Marine Corps from August 2011 to August 2015.
Ala Salameh, who will be a 2L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, is the President of the International Law Society and a member of the Muslim Law Student Association. She earned her B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University. Since December 2016, she has been a Research Assistant under the directive of Professor James Gathii. She is fluent in Arabic, and previously worked under the umbrella of labor and employment at a Chicago-based immigration law firm.
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.
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.