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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Partnering with Lawyers

Partnering with Lawyers

(p.261) 29 Partnering with Lawyers
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses ways of partnering and working with lawyers. It first considers the reasons why worker centers form partnerships with labor and employment (worker-side) attorneys, including the desire to know the law, understand enforcement systems, protect workers who organize, and enhance organizing campaigns. It then looks at some of the challenges involved when worker centers try to partner with lawyers, kinds of attorneys, and important legal advocacy groups such as National Employment Law Project, National Employment Lawyers Association, and National Lawyers Guild. It also provides examples of worker centers using attorneys, legal advocacy, and legal strategies to support their campaigns. Finally, it offers suggestions for hiring an attorney and legal organizer and how worker centers can prevent attorneys from taking advantage of them.

Keywords:   worker center, lawyers, partnership, labor, attorneys, employment, legal advocacy groups, legal advocacy, legal strategies, National Lawyers Guild

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