The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Hillary LeBeau ’16, who will be working at the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Office of the Solicitor, in Washington, D.C.
LeBeau has been interested in public service and human rights advocacy since she was a teenager. Coming from a working-class family, LeBeau says she has felt the effects of belonging to a population with little political power. After taking a class in labor law, she became inspired to pursue a career that would contribute meaningfully to the empowerment of these populations. She is currently enrolled in the Labor Law Clinic at Cornell University and has already filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against an employer on behalf of a disenfranchised worker. LeBeau hopes to continue to fight for worker's rights as a Peggy Browning Fellow and after she graduates from law school.
In 2015, the Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 80 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. With more than 400 applicants from 150 participating law schools, the application process is highly competitive. Peggy Browning Fellows have not only excelled in law school but have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer, and personal experiences.
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 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.