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Bryan Schwartz Law Principal Elected President of FAIR, a Non-Profit Dedicated to Promoting Diversity in the Plaintiffs’ Employment Bar

October 7, 2013, Oakland - The Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (FAIR), a non-profit organization created by California Employment Lawyers Association leaders in 2010 to increase diversity in the plaintiffs’ employment Bar and to raise public consciousness about workers' rights, has elected Bryan Schwartz to be its President. Mr. Schwartz is the principal of Bryan Schwartz Law, in Oakland. Mr. Schwartz, who previously served as FAIR’s Secretary and Treasurer, is joined on the FAIR Board of Directors by eight other leading workers’ rights advocates from around California.

FAIR has just announced a new, post-graduate fellowship program, the Sanford Heisler Public Interest Diversity Fellowship, which was created through an initiative led by Mr. Schwartz to increase opportunities for diverse new attorneys to enter the practice of plaintiffs’ employment law immediately after graduation. The Fellowship is financed through a generous gift of one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ employment firms, Sanford Heisler, and operates as a partnership between FAIR and the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, which will train the new Fellows for six months following graduation, prior to their placement at a CELA member firm.

FAIR’s primary project for the first several years of its existence was the Employee Justice Fellowship, a program to provide stipends to highly-qualified, diverse law students to work at CELA firms around California. Employee Justice Fellows are selected after a competitive process, following on-campus interviews around the state. In summer 2013, eight Employee Justice Fellows were placed around California, and recently, on-campus interviews were conducted at more than a dozen California law schools for summer 2014 placements.

Attorney Bryan Schwartz opened his law firm in January 2009. Bryan Schwartz Law is dedicated to continuing the struggle for civil rights and equality of employment opportunity and helping Americans from every background to achieve their highest career potential. The firm has recovered millions of dollars in individual, class, and collective actions involving discrimination and retaliation, harassment, denied disability accommodations, whistleblower reprisal, wage and hour violations, public and federal employees' rights, and severance negotiations.

Bryan Schwartz Law is located at 1330 Broadway, Suite 1630, Oakland, CA 94612. The telephone number is (510) 444-9300.