One trend in the firm that we have yet to solve is how to keep our talented paralegals from leaving us and going to law school. This month in our, “Where Are They Now?” series, we profile Amanda Freeman who is now working for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation in the Washington D.C. area. Amanda worked for Mauck & Baker as a secretary and paralegal from 2001-2005.
What have you done since leaving Mauck & Baker?
Since leaving Mauck & Baker, I obtained my law degree from Regent University School of Law in 2009. After graduating from law school, I clerked for the Honorable Robert J. Humphreys on the Virginia Court of Appeals from 2009-2011, and for the Honorable Glenn A. Huff on the Virginia Court of Appeals from 2011-2013. Once my clerkship with Judge Huff concluded, I began working as a Staff Attorney for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc., which is a non-profit charitable organization that provides free legal aid to employees suffering from compulsory union abuse. I will be celebrating the completion of my third year with the Foundation in September.
What are you now doing with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation?
I am currently a Staff Attorney with the Foundation, and represent public and private sector employees from across the United States who are suffering from compulsory union abuse. I am litigating cases before state agencies, the National Labor Relations Board, and several federal courts, involving state, federal, and constitutional claims.
How does the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation go about its advocacy?
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, established in 1968, is a nonprofit, charitable organization. Its mission is to eliminate coercive union power and compulsory unionism abuses through strategic litigation, public information, and education programs.
The Foundation's legal aid program is designed to fulfill two objectives: (1) to enforce employees' existing legal rights against forced unionism abuses; and (2) to win new legal precedents expanding these rights and protections. These objectives are fulfilled through the litigation of cases involving: misuse of forced union dues for political purposes; union coercion violating employees' constitutional and civil rights; injustices of compulsory union "hiring halls"; union violations of the merit principle in public employment and academic freedom in education; union violence against workers; injustices of union organizing; and violations of other existing legal protections against union coercion.
Why do you consider this work to be so important?
This work is important to me because it addresses a need in the labor field that is often overlooked. Most employees are unable to afford an attorney to challenge a violation of existing legal rights and especially to bring precedent-setting cases to establish new rights. Working as a Staff Attorney at the Foundation gives me the opportunity to provide free legal aid to employees who would otherwise be unable to protect their rights against the abuses of compulsory unionism.
What are some ways everyday citizens can advocate for this cause?
One way is to just raise awareness that the Foundation exists. Some of the work that I do is educating employees on their basic rights, and what can be required of them as a condition of employment. The Foundation’s website (www.nrtw.org) provides a wealth of information on these rights. Everyday citizens can share that information among themselves and help one another assert their rights. Another way in which individuals can advocate for the cause is to reach out to the National Right to Work Committee. As a Foundation Staff Attorney, I am not involved with the Committee, but individuals can visit its website at nrtwc.org to see how they can become involved in this issue.
How can one stay up to date on your work?
The best way to stay up to date on my work is to watch the National Right to Work news updates or sign up to receive the Newsletter. Although cases are reported without direct reference to the attorney handling the matter, the updates reflect the current cases, some of which may be mine, and will provide the issues that are being handled across the United States.Read More:
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Posted on Wed, June 8, 2016
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