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Five Catholic University Law Students Awarded
Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships

 

 

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Five Columbus School of Law students have been awarded a 10-week summer fellowship from the Philadelphia-based Peggy Browning Fund. The students are among nearly 70 students chosen from a nationwide applicant pool of more than 500 students from 139 participating law schools.
 
The Peggy Browning Fund supports public interest labor law fellowships. Fellows are students who have excelled in law school and also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences.
 
CUA Law students who were chosen during the highly competitive process for 2013 Fellowships include:

Gabriele Ulbig (2L) will work for the Service Employees International Union in Washington, DC.  Born and raised in Germany, Ulbig has focused on German-Jewish reconciliation, learned Hebrew, and lived on a Kibbutz.  After moving to the U.S., Ulbig volunteered for various human rights organizations and identified labor and employment law as the focus for her contribution to social justice.  Ulbig hopes to contribute to the promotion of workers’ rights in the U.S. when she graduates in 2014.
 
 
 
 
Kelvin Adefehinti (2L) will spend the fellowship working at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, D.C.   As a former high school special education and algebra teacher, he was a member of the American Federation of Teachers where he called on his state's legislative members and attended union events. For seven years, he was an UPS package handler and a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. As a Teamsters member, he wrote grievances and won when they were adjudicated. He would like to gain experience in labor negotiations and learn how to craft collective bargaining agreements.


Ana Victoria Perez (1L) will serve as a Fellow with Working Hands Legal Clinic in Chicago, IL.  Perez was born in Mexico and moved with her family to El Paso, Texas at age ten. She did undergraduate work at the University of Austin in Texas, studying psychology and French and completing a study abroad program in Paris. Between college and law school, Perez worked as a substitute teacher for the Austin Independent School District and also spent another semester in France. She notes, “Ultimately, I’m interested in pursuing a career that focuses on international law issues, immigration, or workers’ rights issues.”
 
Mauricio Drummond, Jr., (2L) will spend his Fellowship with the Federal Labor Relations Authority in Washington, D.C.  Prior to law school, Drummond worked as a business tax auditor within the Maryland State Comptroller’s Office and as a legislative intern for the U.S. Senate. He is currently interning at the American Federation of Teachers and also participates in The Employment Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic. Drummond plans to practice in the area of labor and employment law following graduation.
 
Francisco Lopez (1L) will work at Laborers' International Union of North America in Washington, DC.  Lopez’s interest in workers’ issues spurred from his pre-teen and teenage years working with various immigrant laborers and skilled workers. Prior to attending law school, Lopez worked as an immigration paralegal at a small law firm, where he assisted corporations that were petitioning for their immigrant workers to maintain a legal status in the U.S. He is a currently a volunteer with the Capitol Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, the Central American Resource Center and Hogar Immigrant Services in the D.C. Metropolitan area. He wants to use his law degree to serve as an advocate for the immigrant worker community.
 
The Peggy Browning Fund is a not for-profit organization that provides law students with challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice.