2Ls Alexandra Dellarco, Bryan Dooley, Henry Ha Awarded Peggy Browning Fellowships
APRIL 17, 2013—Class of 2014 students Alexandra Dellarco, Bryan Dooley, and Henry Ha have been awarded, through a highly competitive process among more than 500 law student applicants nationwide, a prestigious ten-week Peggy Browning summer 2013 fellowship in public interest labor law.
Fellows spend their summer at labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms, and nonprofit organizations working to improve workers' rights. Dellarco will work at the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission in the Office of the Commissioners and Office of the General Counsel, and Dooley will work at Communications Workers of America, both in Washington, D.C. Ha will work at the union-side law firm Kennedy, Jennik & Murray in New York.
Dellarco has worked as a union organizer and as an intern in a labor relations department for a regional transportation authority. She is currently researching the legal issues surrounding mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination policies for healthcare personnel and also is interested in labor relations concerning progressive discipline and wrongful termination.
Dooley studied journalism as an undergraduate and for four years before coming to the Law School worked as a reporter at a daily newspaper in Idaho. He covered the local government beat, issues related to migrant workers, and the limitations on the collective bargaining rights of state teachers. His experiences in reporting on employment relationships sparked an interest in labor and employment law.
Ha has worked at a small Minneapolis law firm; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.; and the New York City Council. He is vice-president of the Student Employment and Labor Law Association and a student attorney in the Workers' Rights Clinic. He will work at the Minneapolis National Labor Relations Board, Region 18, next fall semester.
Dellarco and Ha work on the Law School's ABA Journal for Labor and Employment Law, and Dooley works on the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology.
Selection criteria for the highly regarded Browning fellowship include academic excellence and a demonstrated commitment to workers' rights through educational, work, volunteer, and personal experiences. The program is intended to encourage and inspire students to pursue careers in public interest labor law by offering them unique, diverse, and challenging work in fighting for social and economic justice.
The fellowship is supported by the Peggy Browning Fund, a nonprofit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994-97.