About the Academy

The NELC Academy provides advanced skills training and mentoring for minority employment defense lawyers with less than four years of experience practicing management-side labor and employment law.

 The purpose of the NELC Academy is to provide advanced skills training, expose participants to the NELC’s national network of experienced minority labor and employment attorneys, encourage mentoring relationships, promote the NELC to attorneys who will soon be eligible for membership, and to create a pipeline for future NELC leaders.

All NELC Academy Fellows will have direct interaction with in-house labor and employment lawyers from major corporations and leading minority labor and employment defense lawyers from across the country and will be partnered with an experienced attorney mentor.  

Space in the NELC Academy is strictly limited to a maximum of 30 participants. Fellows are selected based on a short application, a client or partner reference, and an endorsement from a member of the NELC’s Board of Directors. Academy participation is underwritten by the NELC and its sponsors; Academy Fellows or their employers are responsible for travel and accommodations at discounted rates.

Fellows will be required to actively participate in an Academy-only LinkedIn group in the weeks leading up to the Academy to facilitate interactive conference programming.


Thank you to our 2022 Conference Sponsors.

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