Friday, February 8, 2013

Mary Ellen Krug Award

“Encouraging Excellence and Professionalism in
Our Labor and Employment Law Community”


2d, 3d, and 4th YEAR STUDENTS:

(Includes a cash grant awarded to a student showing
promise or distinction in Labor and Employment Law.)**

DEADLINE:  MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013, @ 12:00 NOON

    The Mary Ellen Krug Award honors a student who has shown strong interest, promise, or distinction in labor and employment law and includes a cash grant.  The cash grant, awarded by the King County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, is a variable amount generated in part from proceeds originating from the annual Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference each spring, which now comprises an endowed scholarship at Seattle University School of Law.*  In addition to the cash grant, the winner is honored with recognition at the Conference luncheon attended by some 300 labor and employment attorneys.  The conference awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013.  For details see the guidelines posted on the Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA) TWEN site. 

Snapshot of Eligibility and Requirements: 

1.    Second, third, and fourth-year students are eligible to apply, including graduating students. 

2.    The student must have demonstrated interest and “promise or distinction in labor and employment law.”  Interest, promise, and distinction might be evidenced by one or more of a wide range of activities, for example:

•    Past paid or volunteer positions involving labor or employment law.
•    Relevant courses studied at the law school or undergraduate level.
•    Relevant personal background and personal experiences involving labor or employment law.
•    Any other experiences and activities showing a dedication and commitment to the field of labor and employment law as a career.
•    Personal qualities, such as good judgment and leadership potential, that will contribute to professionalism in the field.
•    Contributions to labor and employment organizations, such as professional organizations or to the S.U. Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA).
•    Grades are considered but are not the primary consideration for the award.

Application Process: 

    To apply, read the guidelines on the LELA TWEN site and submit the following to Professor Martin’s Administrative Assistant, Nancy Harrop (4th floor) by the deadline, Monday, March 25:  Resume; Transcript; 1-2 page letter describing your interest, commitment, and any past involvement in the field, and your career goals; two (2) blind letters of recommendation (e.g., either (a) submitted by the candidate with his or her application materials in an envelope indicating that the letter was sealed by the recommender, or (b) mailed or e-mailed by the recommender to Professor Martin and received by the deadline.  In the interest of confidentiality, recommendations should not reflect a “cc” to the candidate).

*See Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA) TWEN site for full information and grant Guidelines.  For further information, see the LELA TWEN site  or contact the Labor and Employment Law Faculty Members, Advisor Professor Natasha Martin (, as well as  Professor Melinda Branscomb ( or Professor Charlotte Garden (

**The amount of the 2013 scholarship has not yet been determined.  However, in recent years, the amount of the award has been sizable, ranging from $6,000.00 - $8,000.00.