Miller Shah LLP is a sponsoring firm in the Industrial and Labor Relations School’s Credit Internship Program at Cornell University. This partnership was created by Miller Shah LLP Partner, James E. Miller, who is a Cornell ILR alum himself. As one of the program’s best law firm internships, Miller Shah offers a paid opportunity for students to work closely on the firm’s labor and employment practices with Attorney Miller and other professionals at the Firm.
Specifically, interns focus on assisting with prosecuting several cutting-edge ERISA class actions that Miller Shah is handling on behalf of Taft-Hartley funds and related entities, which challenge certain practices in the defined contribution retirement industry. In that role, interns become familiar with the manner in which the defined contribution retirement industry is structured, as well as learning about the economics of this industry. In such work, the intern is exposed to regulatory reform initiatives (both successful and unsuccessful) in Congress and the Department of Labor. The intern is also provided with the opportunity to assist Miller Shah in developing and prosecuting certain wage and hour collective actions pending in California, and learn about the firm’s whistleblower practice under the False Claims Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Finally, the intern is exposed to Miller Shah’s traditional labor practice — on both the management and employee/union side — on select items arising during the internship, including any NLRB, DOL or other proceedings.
During the internship, students are also exposed to the Firm’s many other litigation practice areas, such as securities regulation and consumer protection. Former students of this program have attended court hearings, depositions and participated in mediations, along with gaining firsthand experience in litigation preparation. In sum, the internship provides individuals with the opportunity to gain significant exposure to a sophisticated and broad ranging practice in the field of labor and employment litigation and regulation.
Cornell ILR Alumni List
- Alec Berin – Cornell University Class of 2015. Alec was an ILR Credit Intern for the 2014 spring semester. After graduating Cornell, he worked as a Project Analyst for a year before attending George Washington University Law School. He is now an associate at the Firm.
- John Roberts – Cornell University Class of 2016. John was an ILR Intern in the summer of 2015 and resumed working at the Firm for the summer of 2016 before attending George Washington University Law School. He is now an associate at the Firm.
- Casey Yamasaki – Cornell University Class of 2016. Casey was an ILR Credit Intern for the 2015 fall semester. After graduating Cornell, she worked as a Project Analyst for a year before attending the University of Washington School of Law as a Gregoire Fellow. She is now an associate at the Firm.