Two Villanova Law Students Awarded 2015 Peggy Browning Fund Fellowships

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Among more than 400 applicants from 150 law schools, the Peggy Browning Fund awarded Villanova University School of Law students, John D’Elia ’16 and Kristyn Jones ’16, 10-week summer fellowships for 2015. A tribute to these students’ qualifications, Peggy Browning Fellowships are given to law students who not only excel in the classroom, but who also demonstrate a commitment to workers’ rights through their educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences.

John D’Elia will be a Peggy Browning Fellow at United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) in Washington, DC—where he worked last summer as a law clerk, although not as a Peggy Browning fellow. Prior to that, D’Elia worked on Capitol Hill for the Democratic staff of the Committee on Education and the Workforce as a Labor Policy Associate. In this role, he focused on federal labor policy in the areas of labor-management relations, wage and hour protections and worker training. At Villanova Law School, he is a Student Works Editor for the Villanova Law Review.

D’Elia is excited to rejoin UFCW this summer, as he had such a positive experience there last year. “My work on behalf of UFCW workers reaffirmed my interest in labor law and my commitment to fighting for workers' rights. I look forward to rejoining UFCW this summer as a Peggy Browning Fellow,” he said.

Kristyn Jones will be a Peggy Browning Fellow at Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, a workers’ compensation law firm in Philadelphia. Her prior experience in workers’ rights includes: internships with the Guild Food Stamp Clinic at Philadelphia Legal Assistance and the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. Kristyn was first introduced to labor and employment law while growing up in a blue collar community and a single-parent household. It was early on that she learned about different benefit packages and how those packages dictate what types of services, and at what costs, are available for employees and their families. But it was her stepdad’s involvement in his Union that helped her realize her passion. Kristyn heard stories about worker’s strikes, appealing denied worker’s compensation claims and modifying terms of overtime and knew that she wanted to pursue labor and employment law.

The Peggy Browning Fund is a non-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. In 2015, the Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 80 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide.

Visit www.peggybrowningfund.org  to learn more about the Peggy Browning Fund.