Elydah Joyce LAW ’23

The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a summer fellowship to Temple Law student Elydah Joyce LAW ‘23. Securing a competitive Peggy Browning Fellowship, with almost 700 applicants competing for the honor this year, is a tribute to Joyce’s outstanding qualifications. 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. This summer, the Peggy Browning Fund will support over 80 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. 

Elydah Joyce will complete her Fellowship at Justice at Work. Joyce was “thrilled” to be offered the opportunity to join Justice at Work’s team in Philadelphia the summer after her 1L year. “Justice at Work provides direct legal assistance to thousands of individuals focusing on employment, housing, and public entitlements,” she said. “Additionally, they advocate with local, state, and federal public sector policy-makers in the legislative and executive branches, on issues concerning employment-related claims of workers and the related status of farmworkers.”

Joyce, who moved to Philadelphia in pursuit of making a direct and meaningful contribution to legal access work, grew up between South America and Canada. This dual upbringing came with a front row seat to the difficulties of immigration and family separation. As a Bolivian-American, and part-time Canadian, Joyce had planned since high school to complete her legal education in the U.S. and to pursue access work amidst the growing tensions regarding immigration and incarceration. After completing a BA at Hampshire College and an MA in penitentiary studies at the University of British Columbia, she began attending Temple Law, where she is studying labor protection and employment law.

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.