New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2019 – The legal site Working Now and Then recently announced a scholarship to support law students. The Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship will award $1,000 to a current or admitted law student considering a career in plaintiffs’ employment law. Named for Charles E. Joseph, founder of Working Now and Then, the annual scholarship will strengthen the field of employment law by supporting law students.
Employment lawyers serve a vital function by protecting the rights of workers. As Charles Joseph explains, “Most violations of workers rights go unremedied. Especially outside of the largest cities, there is a need for more employment lawyers.” Employment attorneys play an important role in enforcing legal protections and ensuring workers’ rights. The Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship encourages future employment lawyers through its annual scholarship.
Charles Joseph graduated from NYU’s School of Law in 1990. After spending several years at a major Wall Street firm, he founded Joseph & Kirschenbaum in 1997. For over two decades, Joseph & Kirschenbaum fought for workers harmed by unfair employment and wage practices. The firm’s focus areas include wage theft, discrimination, and sexual harassment, with high-profile victories against Fortune 50 companies and top restaurants. Joseph & Kirschenbaum has recovered more than $120 million for clients.
Joseph decided to found the scholarship in 2018. “Employment law has been good to me,” Joseph says, “and I want to encourage others, even in a small way, and let them know I care about what they are doing.”
The Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship supports future employment lawyers through its $1,000 annual award. The eligibility guidelines include current or admitted students at an ABA-accredited law school who are considering careers in employment law. Applicants submit unofficial transcripts or an admission letter, a resume or CV, and a 750-word essay describing the biggest challenges facing workers’ rights.
The scholarship committee, including Joseph, will evaluate applicants on their academic record, future career promise, and the originality of the essay. Joseph encourages applications from “all students interested in workers’ rights, especially idealistic students planning on working on the plaintiffs side, whether in a private practice or a pro bono organization.”
Working Now and Then will award its first scholarship in May 2019, with funding for the 2019/2020 academic year.