Bryan Schwartz Law Hires Cassidy Clark as Joseph V. Kaplan Workers’ Rights Fellow

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Bryan Schwartz Law Hires Cassidy Clark as Joseph V. Kaplan Workers’ Rights Fellow

Bryan Schwartz Law Hires Cassidy Clark as Joseph V. Kaplan Workers’ Rights Fellow


Bryan Schwartz Law Hires Cassidy Clark as Joseph V. Kaplan Workers’ Rights Fellow at the Oakland-Based Civil Rights, Employment Law Firm: Fellowship Named for Inspiring Attorney, Mentor who Fell Victim to Covid-19

September 21, 2020 – Bryan Schwartz Law welcomes Cassidy Clark as the firm’s first Joseph V. Kaplan Workers’ Rights Fellow. She joins the firm after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law with a Public Interest and Social Justice certificate.

While in law school, Ms. Clark served as the President of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice and a board member of the Reproductive Justice Project. She served as a student advocate at the East Bay Community Law Center’s Health and Welfare Clinic, representing people with disabilities in public benefits appeals. She was a law clerk at Equal Rights Advocates, where she assisted people who experienced sex discrimination at the workplace and at school. She also served as a law clerk at the Levy Vinick Burrell & Hyams law firm in Oakland. She volunteered with the Name and Gender Change Workshop, a student-run program assisting transgender community members with the legal name and gender change process.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Clark was engaged in legal aid and social justice work in Washington, D.C., Boston, and Ithaca, New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Cornell University, which is also Mr. Schwartz’s alma mater.

Ms. Clark’s fellowship is named for Joseph V. Kaplan, Esq., a founder of Passman & Kaplan in Washington, DC, a law firm dedicated to workers’ rights for the last 30 years, where Mr. Schwartz first began private practice. Mr. Kaplan died earlier this year from complications of Covid-19. A Washington Post tribute to Mr. Kaplan is here.

“Joe was such a tremendous mentor and teacher, and it is in this spirit that I am awarding this fellowship and hoping to provide guidance to a promising law grad, as Joe once did for me,” said Mr. Schwartz of the fellowship. “While our entire society is suffering from this terrible virus, it is important to continue providing opportunities for the next generation of civil rights lawyers.”

“I am honored and humbled to be the first recipient of the Joseph V. Kaplan Workers’ Rights Fellowship,” added Clark, upon learning she would receive the fellowship. “I look forward to upholding the values and principles that he held dear,” she said.

Since 2009, Bryan Schwartz Law has dedicated itself to continuing the struggle for civil rights and equal employment opportunity, and helping Americans from every background to achieve their highest career potential. The firm focuses on individual, class, and collective actions involving discrimination and retaliation, harassment, denied disability accommodations, whistleblower reprisal, wage and hour violations, federal employees’ rights, and severance negotiations.

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