The Peggy Browning Fund released the following statement February 22, 2016
The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to first-year student Molly Friedman and second-year student Jessica Mendoza Uriol at Maryland Carey Law. The application process is highly competitive, and the awards are a tribute to their outstanding qualifications.
In 2016, the Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. Securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task, with over 325 applicants this year competing for the honor. 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.
Molly Friedman will be a Peggy Browning Fellow at the Sugar Law Center in Detroit, MI. Molly has worked as an advocate for social justice in several capacities. After graduating magna cum laude from American University, Molly completed an AmeriCorps year of service in Chicago at The Women’s Treatment Center, a substance abuse rehabilitation facility for low- income women. Molly became interested in worker’s advocacy while volunteering as a Student Advocate at LIFT-DC for most of her undergraduate career. There, she assisted unemployed and underemployed DC residents apply for housing, employment and access other resources. In those positions, and her work as a Medicaid caseworker, Molly was inspired and disheartened by the stories and struggles of people in unstable and low paying job markets. Molly currently serves as the first year student representative for the University of Maryland Carey law chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Jessica Mendoza Uriol’s Peggy Browning Fellowship will be at the UFCW International Union in Washington, DC. While competing in the ABA Labor and Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition in Washington DC, Jessica discovered the challenges and rewards of defending worker rights. Jessica was also a law clerk for Civil Justice and a judicial intern for the Baltimore City Circuit Court. She is staff editor of the Journal of Health Care Law and Policy and a student attorney in the Immigration Clinic at Maryland Law.
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.