PHILADELPHIA, PA- Sparta resident Amy E Spekhardt has been awarded The Peggy Browning Fund a 10-week summer fellowship. Spekhardt is a second year student at Syracuse University College of Law. She will spend the fellowship working at International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, DC.
"The application process was highly competitive and the award was based on her outstanding qualifications," according to Robin Robinowitz of the fund.
Published information about the fellowship explains that "in 2014, the Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. With hundreds of applicants from over 140 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. Amy E. Spekhardt is no exception."
Spekhardt became interested in worker's rights after learning about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire travesty and the resulting labor movements. Prior to attending law school, she interned for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Constituent Affairs Office where she aided individuals with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid issues.
She spent the last summer interning for Unite the Union in London, UK as a research assistant. At Unite the Union, Amy contributed to an educational document for the Members of Parliament concentrating on the impact government policies have on the manufacturing industry and its workers.
Most recently, Amy has contributed to Union Solidarity International through her online articles that focused on the current issues facing American workers.
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 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.
Additional information about the Peggy Browning Fund is available through Mary Anne Moffa, Executive Director, www.peggybrowningfund.org.