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Franczek Radelet Announces 2013 Class of LEADS Fellows

June 28, 2013

Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome its second 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.  Earlier this month, the Firm welcomed Erin Fowler and Kent Sparks as its second class of LEADS Fellows.

“We are excited to build on the success of the LEADS Program that began last year,” commented David P. Radelet, who has spearheaded the creation and development of LEADS.  “This pipeline initiative is unprecedented in terms of its focus and structure with an extensive curriculum that provides our 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, a returning LEADS Fellow from last summer, 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.

Established in 1994, Franczek Radelet P.C. numbers more than 50 attorneys and focuses its practice on labor, employment and education.  The firm’s attorneys represent management in all aspects of labor and employment law and employee benefits matters in both the private and public sectors, in addition to representing educational institutions in education law matters.