Jonathan Reiner (’13) Awarded Peggy Browning Fellowship
MARCH 21, 2012—This summer, second-year Law School student Jonathan Reiner will begin a ten-week Peggy Browning Fellowship in Washington, D.C. He is one of nearly 70, from more than 500 law student applicants nationwide, to be awarded the prestigious public interest labor law fellowship.
Fellows spend their summer at labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms, and other nonprofit organizations working to improve workers' rights. Reiner will work at the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, which helps workers nationwide form unions to bargain collectively with employers for better working conditions.
In a March 20 press release from the fellowship program, Reiner said, "With a working class upbringing comes working class values. I am proud to say I have both. I take a great deal of pride in coming from a union family. After bearing witness to a legal system that does not work for working people, I made the decision to focus on legal advocacy as my contribution to the movement. Thus, it gives me great joy to have been chosen as a Peggy Browning Fellow."
Selection criteria for the highly regarded fellowship program include excellence in law school 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.
Reiner said that he welcomes the challenges ahead and wants to "thank my mother and father, and acknowledge those in the past who have struggled for what we have today, and for those who continue the fight."
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.