NELC Academy Call for Applications

2020 NELC Academy: April 15-17 – Atlanta, GA
Application deadline:   December 13, 2019

 

The National Employment Law Council ("NELC") invites applications for selection as Fellows to the 2020 NELC Academy in Atlanta on April 15-17, 2020. NELC is a non-profit organization charged with enriching minority bar members who represent management in the field of labor and employment law.

The NELC Academy is open to minority attorneys with less than four years of experience practicing management-side labor and employment law. The NELC Academy provides advanced skills training, exposes Fellows to NELC’s national network of experienced minority labor and employment attorneys, fosters mentoring relationships, promotes NELC to attorneys who will soon be eligible for membership, and creates a pipeline for future NELC leaders.

All NELC Academy Fellows will have direct interaction with in-house attorneys and leading minority labor and employment defense lawyers from across the country, and will be partnered with an experienced attorney mentor. Space in the 2020 NELC Academy will be limited to a maximum of 30 participants and is expected to be highly competitive; preference will be given to lawyers with 2-3 years in practice. Great weight is given to personal statements and letters of recommendation.

To apply for the NELC Academy,  submit
the following items no later than December 13, 2019:
  • Personal statement on what the applicant hopes to achieve by participating in the NELC Academy (maximum 500 words, in PDF format). The statement should include a self-assessment of the applicant's career growth challenges and a paragraph describing the qualities the applicant is looking for in a mentor relationship.
  • Applicant’s bio or resume (in PDF format).
  • Strong partner or client recommendation of applicant for the Academy (maximum 500 words, in PDF format).
  • The application must be endorsed by a member of the NELC Board of Directors. The endorsement may be in the form of a short email endorsing the application. Applicants may reach out directly to members of the Board of Directors or contact Carolyn Lam at Lam@wekynect.com for assistance in doing so.
  • Returning Academy Fellows should check the NELC Academy Alumni LinkedIn Group for application instructions.

A complete application package must be submitted by email to Samantha Woo, at swoo@jonesday.com, with a copy to Gwen Robinson, at glrobinson@jonesday.com, no later than December 13, 2019. Early applications are strongly encouraged; late, incomplete or perfunctory application materials may not be considered. If you do not receive an email confirmation that your application has been received within 48 hours of submission, contact Gwen Robinson.

Academy participation is underwritten by NELC and its sponsors. Registration is $500. (Applicants should contact Samantha Woo if their employer will not pay for their registration). Academy Fellows or their employers are responsible for travel and accommodations. Fellows will be required to actively participate in an Academy-only LinkedIn group in the weeks before the Academy to facilitate full engagement in the program.

The NELC Academy will be held in conjunction with NELC’s annual comprehensive labor and employment law conference from April 15-17 in Atlanta. Academy applicants need not be members of NELC. Click here for information about the 2020 NELC Conference and information about joining NELC. 

Feedback from 2019 NELC Academy Fellows:

  • The 2019 NELC Academy was the best professional development program I have ever experienced.
    You all did more than enough in the best way!
  • I was so impressed with the thought and planning that went into the Academy, and it was very evident from the first day that the Academy Committee took this responsibility very seriously.
  • I was so impressed with the thought and planning that went into the Academy, and it was very evident from the first day that the Academy Committee took this responsibility very seriously.

 

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