University of San Diego School of Law
Advocate Fall 2017 Issue

First Victory

Workers’ Rights Clinic Intern Wins Appeal

Brisa Velazquez, ’18 (JD), working in USD School of Law’s new Workers’ Rights Legal Clinic, represented a client during an unemployment insurance appeal hearing. The client had been denied employment insurance benefits, but Velazquez, under the supervision of the clinic’s attorneys, was able to reverse the denial at the hearing. “Not only did this opportunity allow me to gain valuable experience, it reaffirmed my desire to advocate for workers’ rights,” Velazquez said. “I consider myself fortunate to be part of a program that provides employment law resources to San Diego residents.”

The Workers’ Rights Legal Clinic was launched in August 2016 in collaboration with Legal Aid at Work to assist lower-income workers with a variety of employment law issues including employee rights, discrimination, medical leave, workplace safety, unpaid wages, unemployment benefits, harassment and wrongful termination.