National Employment Law Council (“NELC”): CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

22nd Annual Conference
The Westin Denver Downtown
April 26 – 28, 2017

NELC, will be celebrating 22 years of supporting minorities, who represent management in labor and employment matters, at our Annual Conferencewhich will be held at the Westin Denver Downtown, in Denver, CO., April, 26 – 28, 2017.

The NELC Academy is open to minority attorneys with less than four years experience practicing management-side labor and employment law.  The purpose of the NELC Academy is to provide advanced skills training, expose participants to NELC’s national network of experienced minority labor and employment attorneys, encourage mentoring relationships, promote 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 2017 NELC Academy will be strictly limited to a maximum of 30 participants.  Fellows will be selected based on a short application, a client or partner reference, and an endorsement from a member of NELC’s Board of Directors.

Academy participation is underwritten by NELC and its sponsors; the registration cost for participation is $150.  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.

To apply for the NELC Academy, submit the following items to NELC no later than February 17, 2017:                                                       Personal statement by the Applicant on what she/he hopes to achieve by participating in the Academy (maximum 500 words).  To fully benefit from the Academy’s mentoring program, the Applicant should include a paragraph describing the qualities the Applicant is looking for in a mentor relationship.

Applicant’s bio or resume (PDF).

Partner or client recommendation of Applicant for the Academy (maximum 250 words).                                                              The application must be endorsed by a member of the NELC Board of Directors. The endorsement may be in the form of an email forwarding the application.  Applicants may reach out directly to members of the Board of Directors or contact Samantha Woo at for assistance in doing so.

If you are a returning Academy Fellow, please contact Bradford Paul for application instructions.                   All application materials should be submitted by email to Richard Amador, at, no later than February 17, 2017.  Early applications are strongly encouraged.  If you do not receive an email confirmation that your application has been received within 48 hours of submission, contact Priscilla Gonzalez at (213) 514-8564 or