The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Martín Klein ’13.  He will spend the fellowship working at Working Hands Legal Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. The application process is highly competitive, and the award was based on his outstanding qualifications.

In 2012 The Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. With more than 500 applicants from 125 participating law schools, securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task. 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. Martín Klein is no exception.

Martín’s earliest memories involve picket lines, rallies and inflatable rats. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, he worked two years at St. Augustine College in the north side of Chicago, providing recent migrants access to the American higher education system. Martín enrolled in law school with the intention to practice union-side labor law and advocate for the improvement of the conditions for working people. To date, Martín has clerked with Friends of Farmworkers, Inc. and Philadelphia Legal Assistance’s Farmworker Project, both located in Philadelphia, Pa. These experiences have reinforced Martín’s belief in the combination of advocacy, organizing, and cultivating the leadership present the people we represent.

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.