University of Pittsburgh School of Law Student Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship


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University of Pittsburgh School of Law Student Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship

PITTSBURGH—The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Joel DeMary, a second-year student at University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Joel will spend the fellowship working at Community Justice Project in Pittsburgh, PA. The application process is highly competitive, and the award is a tribute to his outstanding qualifications.

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

Joel was born and raised in blue-collar, coal-country western Pennsylvania and is a first generation college graduate. This upbringing exposed him to the importance and necessity of worker’s rights. During college, he worked as an auto-mechanic and was exposed to many issues currently facing workers. In law school, it quickly became apparent that his legal career would be in public service. He has worked with two different public defenders, focusing his work on representing those who are disadvantaged in facing far more resourceful adversaries. Joel says he is honored to begin fighting for the rights of 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 (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, or visit