Three University of Pittsburgh Law Students Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship
The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to three students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law: second-year student Sophiko Geguchadze, and first-year students Max Roesch and Yevhenii Shatskyi. The application process is highly competitive, and the awards were based on their outstanding qualifications.
In 2016, the Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. Securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task, with over 325 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.
Sophiko Geguchadze will be a Peggy Browning Fund Fellow at the Community Justice Project in Pittsburgh, PA. Sophie is pursuing a career in law to advocate for social justice because she recognizes the disparity that exists in this country. She got her start in labor law last summer as a Peggy Browning Fellow with the United Steelworkers Union in Pittsburgh. While there, she attended collective bargaining sessions and conducted research for grievance arbitrations. At Pitt Law, Sophie serves as a Pitt Law Ambassador, BARBRI Student Representative, and a Teaching Assistant for Civil Procedure. She is also a member of the Moot Court Board, where she is responsible for managing and planning the annual Murray S. Love Mock Trial competition. She is looking forward to the opportunity of representing clients in wage claim proceedings and unemployment compensation benefits while interning at the Community Justice Project.
Max Roesch’s Peggy Browning Fellowship will be at the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America in Pittsburgh, PA. Max grew up in Berkeley California and developed a strong respect for organized labor from an early age. After graduating from Middlebury College, he began working for SEIU organizing correctional officers in rural Colorado. He went on to organize pre-school teachers, maintenance workers, and registered nurses with several local unions before beginning law school, and served as Chief Unit Steward in CWA Local 37074. He hopes to use his law degree to continue the struggle to empower the disenfranchised.
Yevhenii Shatskyi will be a Peggy Browning Fund Fellow at the International Labor Rights Forum in Washington, DC. Yevhenii’s first experienced labor law during an internship assisting legal counsel at a coalmine factory in Ukraine. He then received a grant to study at Utica College, where he became extremely passionate about global human rights. This led to his volunteer work in the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees and after he worked as an Assistant Director of the Human Rights Advocacy Program in Utica. In addition, he has volunteered for the Kharkov Human Rights Protection Group in Ukraine where he received many labor law cases. Through his work with the Kharkov Human Rights Protection Group, he realized labor rights need protection and are basic human rights.
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.