Catherine L. Fisk
Catherine L. Fisk is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine. An expert in labor and employment law, Professor Fisk has authored three books: Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace (with Cameron, Corrada, Dau-Schmidt & Malin, West Publishing Co., 2008), Labor Law Stories (with Laura J. Cooper, Foundation Press, 2005) and Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).
A past United States Department of Justice, Civil Appellate attorney, Professor Fisk has briefed and argued numerous appeals on a pro bono basis and has served as a labor arbitrator. She is a trustee of the Law & Society Association and serves on the ethics review board of the Service Employees International Union. Professor Fisk’s prior
academic appointments include stints at Duke Law School, University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, University of California, Los Angeles and University of Wisconsin.
An Le has been a longtime advocate for low-income workers’ rights, with such groups at the Koreatown Immigrant Workers’ Alliance and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1877, a union representing over 25,000 building service workers throughout California and well known for its groundbreaking “Justice for Janitors” campaign. Ms. Le is currently on the staff of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. Ms. Le has worked in the anti-human trafficking project at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and was a legal fellow at Koreatown Immigrant Worker Advocates (KIWA), an organization that fights to improve the conditions of low-wage immigrant workers in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood through worker empowerment, industry-based organizing, and advocacy.
While attending Loyola Law School, Ms. Le was a member of the Public Interest Scholars Program. After law school she was a Loyola Law School Public Interest Law Fellow.
Clare Pastore is a Professor at USC Law School and teaches courses including Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Poverty Law, Administrative Law, and the Access to Justice practicum, while continuing to practice as a leading member of the California public interest community. Professor Pastore is also Of Counsel to the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, where she was Senior Counsel from 2004 to 2007. She serves as co-chair of the California State Bar Access to Justice Commission’s Model Statute Task Force and is a member of the Amicus Briefs Committee and Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar.
From 1989 to 2004, Professor Pastore was a staff attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty, where she litigated many state and federal cases involving poverty law and disability rights.
Victor Narro is currently the Project Director of the UCLA Downtown Labor Center. The UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education serves as a bridge between the university and the labor community in Southern California. The Labor Center serves as an important source of information about unions and workers to interested scholars and students.
Mr. Narro works on policy issues affecting low-income immigrant workers and creating strong alliances between community groups and labor unions. Mr. Narro was formerly the Co-Executive Director of Sweatshop Watch, the Workers’ Rights Project Director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and an attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
Jose Veliz is a Day Laborer Organizer for the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). Mr. Veliz is also a co-founder of a printing cooperative “Solidarity Ink” that services multiple non-profit organizations. His experience working with Day Laborers in Los Angeles has been a great strength to the development and execution of our Wage Justice Clinics.