Paul Brown ’12, Saerom Park ’12, and Nicholas Rowe ’12 are among fewer than 60 students nationwide to receive a prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship for 2011. There were more than 460 applicants from 125 law schools. The summer fellowships, sponsored by the nonprofit Peggy Browning Fund, give students focused on public interest labor law the opportunity to pursue social and economic justice in positions at mentor organizations.

Brown will spend his summer at the New York firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, which represents local and international unions and fringe benefit funds. He has interned at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, working with administrative judges drafting orders and decisions on employment discrimination cases, and in the Congressional office of now-retired Representative James Walsh. As a legal intern at a Syracuse law firm, Brown reviewed violations of Mine Safety and Health Administration regulations at surface mines in upstate New York. He was an industrial and labor relations major at Cornell University.

In Washington, D.C., Park will work in the legal department of the Service Employees International Union, the largest health care union in the country and a leading advocate for the rights of low-wage workers. A Root-Tilden Kern Scholar and a Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law Fellow, she is also completing the Immigrant Rights Clinic, in which she developed and executed litigation strategy challenging the use of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers against immigrants in New York City jails. Before law school, Park worked as a state and local program coordinator for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. The summer after her 2L year, she clerked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. Park graduated cum laude from Williams College with a B.A. in American studies and a concentration in environmental studies.

Clerking for the National Labor Relations Board’s Division of Judges in San Francisco, Rowe will help administrative judges in researching and writing post-trial decisions for unfair labor practice cases. A staff editor of the NYU Journal of Law & Business, he was a judicial intern to an administrative law judge at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, analyzing employment discrimination complaints and drafting decisions. Rowe graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in political science.

Posted on May 5, 2011