Shira Levine to Join LAS-ELC as SPILF Fellow
We are pleased to announce that Shira Levine will join us this fall as a Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation (SPILF) Fellow. Each year, Stanford Law School awards Public Interest Fellowships to recent graduates who have a history of public service, who provide leadership within the law school, and who are committed to careers as lawyers in the public service.
As a fellow, Shira will represent subcontracted immigrant workers who face wage and hour violations in LAS-ELC’s WageHELP program. Her project’s goal is to stem wage theft in low-wage industries, including the janitorial, security guard, warehouse, and construction industries. To that end, Shira will litigate the cases of workers who seek to obtain remedies through the federal and state court systems and will establish a walk-in clinic at the offices of the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement in Oakland and San Francisco.
Shira first came to LAS-ELC as a summer law clerk in 2010, and she further developed an interest in representing low-wage immigrant workers – one she has cultivated by participating in Stanford’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Community Law Clinic. After completing her undergraduate degree in History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan, Shira worked as a bilingual first grade teacher for Teach for America and taught predominantly immigrant students in the Bronx. She spent a year in Israel where she worked with migrant workers from Nigeria and the Philippines, and then joined the 2008 Obama field campaign in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Shira is currently clerking for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit.