Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship awarded to 2L

School of Law 2L Amanda Leonard was a awarded a 10-week summer fellowship by The Peggy Browning Fund.

Amanda will spend the fellowship working at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, DC. The Peggy Browning Fellowship application process is highly competitive, with nearly 450 applicants competing for the honor this year. The award is a tribute to Amanda's outstanding qualifications.

"The best aspect is working with and networking with other attorneys who also have a passion for labor and employment law," Leonard said.

Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers' rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences. 

About Amanda Leonard

Amanda is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in a blue-collar family with many union supporters. After graduating from college, she got a certificate in paralegal studies and worked for four years as a paralegal at two different law firms. Her most memorable role was as a workers' compensation paralegal where she got to communicate with injured workers and advocate for their legal rights and their medical benefits. After working an internship in private equity in Germany last summer, she has re-focused on labor and employment law. She is the president of the Labor & Employment Law Society on campus, which is active in organizing speaking events. She was a law clerk at the United Steelworkers during the spring semester of 2019, and is excited to continue working for unions and workers' rights as a summer law clerk with SEIU.

The Peggy Browning Fund

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. These experiences encourage and inspire students to pursue careers in public interest labor law.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

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