Fordham Law

Stein Scholar Receives Equal Justice Works Public Interest Fellowship

March 27, 2008

Fordham Law Stein Scholar Sarah Leberstein '08 has been awarded a two-year, full-time public interest Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Leberstein will begin her fellowship in September 2008 working with the National Employment Law Project (NELP) in New York City, where she will start a new initiative, the Care Workers Law Project (CWLP).  

"Sarah came to Fordham and was selected as a Stein Scholar because of her strong background as a union organizer and her passion to pursue workers' rights advocacy with her law degree," said Thomas J. Schoenherr, Assistant Dean in the Public Interest Resource Center at the Law School. "This Equal Justice Works Fellowship will allow her to begin her legal career doing exactly the kind of work that she hopes to dedicate her legal career to."
Leberstein's initiative, CWLP, will provide comprehensive legal services to New York City home health aides, child care providers, and domestic workers whose workplace rights are violated. The project will also offer transactional legal services to workers seeking to establish worker-owned cooperatives, collectives, or limited liability partnerships in these fields.

Leberstein is one of approximately 50 recent graduates from law schools across the country to receive a fellowship from Equal Justice Works. The competitive award provides an annual salary and generous loan repayment assistance. Fellows also participate in a national training and leadership development program.

Equal Justice Works launched their Fellowship program in 1992 to address the shortage of attorneys working on behalf of traditionally under-served populations and causes in the United States and its territories. Today the organization offers more postgraduate full-time legal positions in public service than any other program and provides financial and technical support to beginning lawyers working on innovative and effective legal projects.

The Stein Scholars Program is a comprehensive three-year educational program for selected students who seek training and experience in the area of public interest law. Through specialized academic coursework in public interest law and ethics, funded summer externships, interaction with practitioners and academics in events and informal discussions, and opportunities to engage in community service, the Stein Scholars Program prepares future lawyers for the practice of law in public service. For more information and to apply to the program, visit

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