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Worksafe Legal Fellow (Oakland, CA)


POSTED: August 28, 2019 

DEADLINE: September 18, 2019


Worksafe is seeking a full-time junior-level attorney for our Legal Fellowship. 


Worksafe is a California-based legal aid organization that advocates for the basic right of all workers to a safe and healthy workplace. We engage in campaigns in coalition with worker organizations and activist networks to advocate for protective worker health and safety laws and effective remedies for injured workers. 

In addition to advocacy and policy work, we support legal aid and worker rights organizations whose clients encounter workplace health or safety issues, workplace injuries, or retaliation for reporting unsafe work. We provide legal training, technical assistance, and advocacy support to legal aid programs who serve low-wage and immigrant workers, improving access to justice for the state’s most vulnerable workers.


Worksafe is committed to increasing occupational safety and health (OSH) knowledge in the legal field. Accordingly, we are offering a new or emerging attorney the opportunity to be trained in legislative and administrative policy advocacy, legal support services, and other aspects of public interest practice. The fellow will be mentored by our Legal Team and will become familiar with OSH laws and standards, relevant scientific and technical issues, workers’ compensation law, and other areas of labor and employment law in order to provide legal and strategic advice. They will also be introduced to the social justice legal community and play an important role in coalition efforts to improve health and safety for California workers. 

  • Legal Services: The attorney will be expected to provide legal support services (trainings, technical assistance, or impact litigation) to qualified legal aid organizations (QLSPs) and a diverse group of stakeholders (workers, worker leaders, unions, legal aid attorneys, community centers, faith-based advocates, etc.).  
  • Coalition Building: The attorney will facilitate and lead efforts in coalition building with worker centers and other legal aid organizations committed to advocating for legal access for low-income and immigrant workers.
  • Resource Development: The attorney will develop written and multimedia resources, including practice guides and training materials, where needed. 
  • Policy Advocacy: The attorney will engage in regulatory and legislative policy work to support Worksafe’s missions and goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Member in Good Standing of California Bar or applicants with pending Bar results
  • Proven dedication to social justice issues 
  • Experience as a legal advocate for workers 
  • Familiarity with organizing and mobilizing at the grassroots level 
  • Experience with issue or organizing campaigns involving the rights of workers 
  • Exceptional analytical and legal research skills 
  • Exceptional writing ability 
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work as part of a team, independently manage priorities, and manage and complete projects with minimal supervision 
  • Highly reliable and responsive 
  • Experience designing and conducting trainings 
  • Understanding of, or ability to learn, basic technical and scientific concepts related to safety engineering and industrial hygiene 
  • Willingness to travel and a valid driver’s license required
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Drive applications (Docs, Sheets, Slides) as well as virtual meeting technology (e.g., Google Hangout)
  • Bilingual in Spanish (preferred) 

This is a junior level position with a salary range of $50,000 to $55,000 depending upon experience. Generous benefits package. This is a one year position with the potential of renewal contingent on funding availability.


Apply at Fill out the webform, and attach your cover letter, resume, and writing sample in Word or PDF formats. We may request references. 


Worksafe is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. Diverse applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Form

To apply, please fill out the form below, and attach your cover letter and resume in the appropriate fields.

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