Washington 13L Earns Fellowship to Study Workers’ Rights, Labor Relations
Ariana Washington 13L has been awarded a 10-week Peggy Browning Fellowship, which she will spend working with the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, D.C., this summer.
Washington was one of roughly 70 students chosen from a nationwide pool of more than 500 applicants from 125 law schools.
Beyond excellence as a law student, the fellowship criteria calls for a commitment to workers’ rights, demonstrated by prior vocational and volunteer work, as well as the student’s educational path and personal experience.
"Ariana is not only a very able law student, but a tireless and committed advocate for the rights of working people,” said Emory Law Professor Charles Shanor. “She is the sort of person who wakes each morning thinking of what she might do to make a difference in the world. She and the Browning fellowship are a perfect fit for each other."
Fellowships are offered to first- and second-year law students and are administered by a nonprofit established in memory of labor attorney Margaret A. Browning, the first union-side lawyer in history to be appointed to the National Labor Relations Board. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton.
Washington earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hampton University. She interned for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in Des Moines, Iowa. She worked as a union organizer while an intern with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees in Michigan. She later worked with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, with a focus on the connection between poverty and employability.
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