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Franczek Radelet Announces First Class of LEADS Fellows

Innovative Diversity Pipeline Initiative Established at Franczek Radelet
June 18, 2012

Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome its first class of LEADS Fellows.  In 2011, Franczek Radelet announced a new, exciting diversity pipeline initiative—the Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) fellowship program.  Last week, the Firm welcomed Erin Fowler, Sunghee “Sunny” Sohn, and Melanie Stewart as its first class of LEADS Fellows.

“We believe our LEADS Program is unprecedented in terms of its focus and structure,” commented David P. Radelet, who has spearheaded the creation and development of LEADS.  “What is different about LEADS is the extensive curriculum that will provide the Fellows with real-time exposure to labor, employment, litigation and employee benefits issues facing employers.”

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.

Erin Fowler is a 1L 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.

Sunny Sohn is a 2L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and current recipient of the Cooney Conway scholarship for advocacy.  She is on the ABA Employment Law Mock Trial Team and is an active member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.  Sunny attended Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations where she was a Meinig National Scholar and a Public Service Fellow.  Sunny also holds an M.S. in global affairs (concentration in international relations and business) from NYU.  Prior to law school, Sunny worked as a HR professional at various companies including The Gillette Company and Citigroup.  Sunny most recently interned at the Chicago Board of Education Law Department where she worked on labor and employment matters and served as a judicial extern at the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Melanie Stewart is a 2L at Howard University, where she is a student attorney for the Fair Housing Clinic.  She previously served as a staff editor for the Human Rights & Globalization Law Review. Melanie also holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.  At Cornell, Melanie was an active member of the Minority Industrial and Labor Relations Student Organization and studied abroad in Burkina Faso (West Africa).  She also served as an HR intern at Archer Daniels Midland Company in Decatur in the labor relations department where she created, reorganized and implemented job descriptions for unionized and non-unionized production employees and observed employee grievance hearings.