Fordham Law

Fordham Law Student Awarded Peggy Browning Fellowship

April 09, 2013

Fordham Law student Michelle Gonzalez ‘14 has received the prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship. Gonzalez will spend ten weeks this summer working at the National Employment Law Project in Seattle.

Gonzalez was selected for the fellowship from more than 500 applicants from 139 participating law schools. During her undergraduate career, she worked as an immigration intern at Bloomberg L.P. helping foreign-national employees secure work visas. She also interned at Make the Road New York, where she worked on housing and environmental justice initiatives in Brooklyn. After graduating, Gonzalez was the executive assistant to the president at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national civil rights organization whose mission is to achieve political, social, and economic equity for Latinos.

At Fordham Law, Gonzalez has participated in human rights fact-finding missions in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Last summer, she interned at the Human Rights Court of Ghana, where she researched human trafficking cases. Currently, Gonzalez is interning at the National Lawyers Guild and is co-president of Fordham Law’s Latin American Law Students Association. She also represents claimants in unemployment insurance hearings as an Advocate with the Unemployment Action Center. She hopes to build a legal career advancing immigrant rights.

The Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide this year. Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school, but who have also demonstrated 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 (NLRB) from 1994 until 1997. Peggy Browning Fellowships provide law students with unique, diverse and challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice.