Duquesne University School of Law

Two Duquesne Law students awarded prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships

Friday, June 16, 2017

Source: The Peggy Brown Fund, Philadelphia

The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to Amber McGee and Jenna Ratica, both of whom are second-year students at Duquesne University School of Law. 

Securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task, with nearly 400 applicants this year competing for the honor. The Fund will support over 80 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide in 2017. 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.  

Amber McGee (photo) will be a Peggy Browning Fellow at Friends of Farmworkers, Inc. in Pittsburgh. Amber has always been passionate about advocating for those without the means to advocate for themselves. Throughout her academic career, she been a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters, a volunteer at Jewish Family and Children’s Service, and an advocate for juveniles through the Juvenile Defender’s Clinic at Duquesne University. Growing up surrounded by hardworking people, Amber learned right away what injustice looks like. She says, “Working alongside immigrant families in a local diner taught me how blessed I am to be born in the United States and how some people take advantage of those not as fortunate.” Amber is determined to use the advocacy skills she has learned through writing for the Business Law Journal, participating in Trial Advocacy Competitions, and volunteering with many public interest groups to give a voice to the individuals and the causes which need to be heard. 

Jenna Ratica’s Peggy Browning Fellowship will be at United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh.  Jenna first saw the affirmative impact unions make for all workers when, as a child, she followed her father, a staff representative for the United Steelworkers of America, on labor pickets and organizing drives. Through her father’s legacy, Jenna began her path of improving the employment opportunities of workers throughout America. Before law school, Jenna served as a legislative liaison for the Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Here is where she first interacted with workers throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania while pushing for bettering legislation on their behalf. For the past year, Jenna has worked as law clerk with Ainsman Levine, LLC. This opportunity allowed Jenna to serve as an advocate for workers injured on the job. She is honored to follow those before her by protecting unions, workers, and their families.  

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.  

To learn more about the Peggy Browning Fund, contact Mary Anne Moffa, executive director, by phone at 267-273-2992 or by email at mmoffa@peggybrowningfund.org, or visit www.peggybrowningfund.org.