Applications for the June D.W. Kalijarvi Employment Law Fellowship are closed until 2025.

June D.W. Kalijarvi, who founded the law firm of Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch (KCNF) more than 49 years ago, was a fierce and tireless advocate for federal-sector employees facing discrimination or discipline in the workplace. In her memory, KCNF is inviting applications for an early-career attorney who has demonstrated a commitment to the public interest and/or employment law.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to take on significant responsibility in cases covering a broad range of employment matters including workplace discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, discipline, labor disputes, and wage violations, among others. The Fellow will gain hands-on experience by working closely with experienced attorneys on all phases of litigation in various forums (EEOC, MSPB, Office of Special Counsel, Department of Labor, federal court, labor arbitration).

One Fellow will be chosen for a two-year fellowship, commencing in the summer of 2025, but no later than September 1, 2025. Our ideal candidate has a commitment to workplace fairness and the public interest, has outstanding writing and analytical skills, is able to work collaboratively and independently, and is an effective and compassionate communicator.

KCNF is a nationally recognized law firm dedicated to fighting for the workplace rights of federal employees. We help employers navigate legal matters such as employment discrimination, personnel issues, labor issues, and obtaining and maintaining federal security clearances. Our attorneys are highly skilled and respected litigators and negotiators, many of whom have received AV Preeminent* ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, been repeatedly rated as Super Lawyers in the area of employment law, written seminal books and treatises, served as professors and teachers, and been elected members of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars, who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

Position Requirements

  • A law degree;
  • Admitted to the DC Bar, eligible to waive into the DC Bar, or sitting for the July 2025 bar exam;
  • Recent completion of a law degree, a clerkship, or another fellowship;
  • A superior academic record;
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Coursework in Employment and/or Labor law or a demonstrated interest in these areas of the law (including participation in pro bono work and clinics).

KCNF is an equal opportunity employer with a standing policy of nondiscrimination. Diversity is an essential component of our firm, and we encourage minorities to apply. All qualified persons are accorded an equal opportunity for selection without regard to actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, genetic information, matriculation, or political affiliation.