The Peggy Browning Fund released the following statement on April 10:
The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Michaela Brennan, a second year student at University of Maryland School of Law. Michaela will spend the fellowship working at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 5 in Baltimore, MD. The application process is highly competitive, and the award was based on her outstanding qualifications.
In 2013, the Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. With more than 500 applicants from 139 participating law schools, securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task. Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences. Michaela Brennan is no exception.
Having grown up in a union household - her father is the president of the Frederick County Teachers Association - Michaela has gained a strong appreciation for the role organized labor plays in our society. In her second year of law school, Michaela interned at the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), in both the General Counsel’s Office and the Women’s and Fair Practices Department. During her internships, Michaela worked with AFGE attorneys drafting legal pleadings, interviewing union members, and conducting legal research. Additionally, Michaela worked as a summer intern for Community Law in Action, doing legal research, grant writing and legal advocacy work with at-risk youth in Baltimore. Michaela hopes to continue promoting workers' rights by becoming a union attorney upon graduation.
The Peggy Browning Fund is a not for-profit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from 1994 until 1997. Peggy Browning Fellowships provide law students with unique, diverse and challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice. These experiences encourage and inspire students to pursue careers in public interest labor law.