2014 LEADS Program
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 LEADS Fellowship Program.
2L Student Application Deadline: October 15, 2013
1L Students Application Deadline: January 31, 2014
Amy Moor Gaylord
LEADS Fellowship Coordinator
The Franczek Radelet "LEADS" Fellowship Program
In 2011, Franczek Radelet announced the implementation of an initiative that we believe to be unprecedented in terms of its focus and structure. The Firm’s Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) Fellowship Program is an exciting and creative diversity pipeline initiative that we believe to be unprecedented in terms of its focus and structure.
The LEADS eight-week summer program is designed for diverse first and second year law students with an interest in pursuing a legal career in private practice representing employers in labor and employment matters. The goal of the program is to provide concentrated labor and employment legal experience while developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for future employment in the legal profession.
The LEADS Curriculum
This program, unlike most traditional law firm summer associate programs, will include specific learning and experience modules for the LEADS Fellows during an eight week fellowship period. The curriculum will combine 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 as 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 will include substantive exposure to real time labor, employment, litigation and employee benefits issues facing employers. The Firm will also be soliciting participation by Firm clients so that Fellows may have an opportunity to spend part of the eight-week program working with an in-house legal or human resources department.
2013 LEADS Fellows
In the summer of 2013, Franczek Radelet welcome two LEADS Fellows for the summer—Erin Fowler and Kent Sparks.
Erin Fowler, a returning LEADS Fellow from the 2012 LEADS class of Fellows, is a 2L student at the University of Illinois where she is active both in the Black Law Student Association and in the Labor and Employment Law Society. Erin graduated from Oglethorpe University, majoring in behavioral science and human resource management. Erin is also a gifted athlete, participating on the track and field team while in college and earning several awards and distinctions. Erin has worked as a HR intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and as a corporate retail and HR intern for Save-A-Lot Food Stores. Erin also served as an alternative dispute resolution intern for the EEOC during college.
Kent Sparks is a 1L student at Michigan State University College of Law. He earned his B.A. in education, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan and obtained his Michigan Teaching Certification in Secondary Education: Social Studies and Earth/Space Science. Kent was elected to the board of education for the Whitmore Lake Public Schools and nominated by board colleagues to serve as board president in 2012. As a school board member, he worked to draft and set district policy, adopt an annual operating budget, and oversee the superintendent’s performance.
The Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Commitment
Franczek Radelet values highly 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.