Friday, August 2, 2013

Sponsorship to Attend National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference Available

The Peggy Browning Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers' rights.  In addition to the 60 fully funded summer fellowships in the area of labor law, the organization hosts the National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference. The Peggy Browning Fund will pay all expenses for one student from UHLC. The student would only be responsible for the $25 registration fee.
Held in Linthicum Heights, Maryland on October 25-26, 2013, this Conference attracts the field’s leading labor lawyers and professors, as well as law students from across the country.  It offers a variety of workshops on issues such as sports law, protecting and organizing immigrant workers, and the rewards of a labor law practice, in addition to several networking events.  The goal of the conference is to create a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, issues facing American workers, while providing students access to some of the top labor lawyers, professors, government officials, and non-profit practitioners in the country.
Hear what Nandini Kavuri, current UHLC 3L, had to say about her experience at the Conference:
Before attending this conference I had no idea there were so many careers opportunities in labor law.  And although I am currently taking the labor law course at UHLC, I did not truly appreciate the full picture of the labor movement until attending this conference.  Because Texas is a "right to work" state, I was never exposed to unions, and I never met anyone who spoke favorably about having a union.  However, through attending this conference I was given the opportunity to speak with many other students about how unions impacted them and their families and I learned so much more about the positive impact unions make in the workplace.  Also, it was quite rewarding being around so many young people that were interested and excited about making a difference in the lives of workers.  By speaking to other students, I was also able to learn more about various internship opportunities and experiences that the other students had done in the field of labor law.  All in all, I believe that this conference inspired me to look into a career in labor law and strengthened my interest in worker’s rights issues. 

If you would like to attend the conference, submit a brief essay (350 words or less) detailing your goals for a career in labor law and how attending this conference will help further those goals.  Essays should be emailed to Bhavika Shah at by noon on August 16, 2013.  Recipients will be notified on August 20, and will be required to coordinate with the Career Development Office to submit the application by August 23, 2013.  Additional details about the conference can be found on the Peggy Browning Fund Website.  If you have questions, please contact Bhavika Shah in the CDO.
The Peggy Browning Fund will be accepting applications in December for the summer fellowship positions.  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding of labor law issues, and give yourself an advantage as you prepare to apply for one of the fellowship positions later in the semester.