Skadden Fellow/Project Attorney, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
“At Northeastern, I found professors and graduates to mentor me in how I wanted to practice law,” says Charlotte Noss ’10.
Having worked as an organizer for low-wage and immigrant laborers before enrolling in Northeastern, Charlotte had seen how law could seem disempowering. “I wanted to demystify it and put it to work in the organizing world,” she says.
Charlotte came to law school with a passion for labor and definite ideas about where she wanted to go on co-op: at nonprofit organizations, law firms and international NGOs at the heart of labor and immigration issues.
She was drawn to Northeastern because of its commitment to public interest. “The law school has an amazing number of graduates doing the kind of work I wanted to do,” Charlotte says, “and professors with great political ability who showed me how to apply law in a practical manner.”
Today, Charlotte puts all of those skills to work as a project attorney at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco.
Charlotte’s law office team researched innovative state responses to barriers to employment faced by individuals with criminal records.
Charlotte conducted outreach to plaintiffs for potential guest worker litigation and drafted comments on federal guest worker regulations.
Working with a classmate, Charlotte interviewed labor lawyers and workers’ rights advocates, assembling a best-practices guide for combining law and organizing.
Charlotte supported litigation defending the constitutional rights of non-citizens and drafted memoranda on suppression of evidence obtained unlawfully by state police.
Charlotte provided assistance in this first-year course.
Charlotte organized day laborers through San Francisco Day Labor Project and used non-traditional strategies to collect unpaid wages.
At this union-side labor firm, Charlotte drafted legal memoranda to advise labor union clients.
Charlotte was selected in a highly competitive process as a Skadden Fellow, one of the most prestigious public interest fellowships in the nation.
Organizing is my passion. With a law degree, I'll have the tools to create more effective change.