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Pitt Law Student Brandon Elliot Gatto Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship

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March 27, 2012

The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Brandon Elliott Gatto, a 2L here at Pitt Law.  Gatto will spend the fellowship working at Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union No. 19 in Philadelphia, PA. 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. Gatto is no exception.

Gatto was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, an area known for its rich labor history. He graduated from Penn State in 2010 with degrees in English and international politics as well as a minor in economics. While at Penn State, he worked as a teaching assistant of economics and was selected to serve as an inaugural student advisor of the Paterno Fellows Program. Following his first year at Pitt Law, Gatto worked at the labor and employment law firm of Koff, Mangan, Vullo & Gartley in Kingston, Pennsylvania. In addition to his studies at Pitt Law, he currently writes weekly news articles for JURIST Legal News & Research Services, Inc., and he works at The Law Office of Claudia Davidson as a labor law clerk.

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