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Flor Garay, ’20, Named Peggy Browning Fellow Third Year in a Row

Monday, April 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Flor Garay, '20, speaking at LLSA's "The People Keep Fighting" event in November 2018.

The Peggy Browning Fund (PBF) has awarded UDC Law student Flor Garay, ’20, a prestigious Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship for the third year in a row, distinguishing her as one of only two law students to do so in the fund’s twenty-year history. Established in 1997 in honor of the late Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney and former member of the National Labor Relations Board, PBF has funded more than 1,000 fellowships for law students pursuing careers in social and economic justice.

Garay will spend her 10-week summer fellowship right here in Washington, D.C., in the Office of the General Counsel of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employee (AFSCME), the nation’s largest public sector trade union.

A third-year student in law school’s part-time program, Garay was first named a Peggy Browning Fellow in the summer of her first year as a 2017 Peggy Browning Fellow at Make the Road New York, a workers’ and immigrants’ rights organization in New York City. There, Garay conducted intake for the organization and represented workers in administrative complaints and settlement negotiations, in addition to supporting the organization’s policy and advocacy campaigns to improve protections for working people in New York.

Last summer, as a 2018 Peggy Browning Fellow, Garay clerked in the D.C. office of the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), a 1.3-million-strong union of workers in grocery, retail, meat packing, and food processing, among other industries. Garay provided intensive legal writing and research in support of in-house counsel and outside attorneys partnering with the union on labor, employment, and related issues in court and administrative proceedings. She also worked closely with union attorneys to develop strategies for organizing and representing employees working in UFCW’s key industries.

A first-generation immigrant, Garay’s family migrated from El Salvador to flee poverty and civil war in the late 1980s. Garay began organizing in support of low-wage and immigrant workers at a young age in her hometown of Frederick, Maryland – and continues to do so still today, as the coordinator of the Frederick Workers’ Rights Clinic, an active member of the Immigrant Rights Coalition of Western Maryland, and a founding member of the RISE Coalition of Western Maryland.

Prior to joining UDC Law, Garay also served as shop steward and legal assistant to her staff union with the Teamsters, resolving grievances and educating union officers on legal protections for immigrant workers.

Garay has continued to organize throughout her studies at UDC Law, both in Western Maryland and the law school community. She is currently organizing with the RISE Coalition against the Frederick County Sherriff’s collaboration with federal immigration enforcement under the 287(g) program. Garay is also Community Outreach Chair for the UDC Latino/a Law Student Association (LLSA). Most recently, Garay co-organized LLSA’s weeklong advocacy trip to the U.S.-Mexico border over winter break. The December trip brought fourteen UDC Law students and alumni to the San Ysidro and Chaparral border crossings to provide legal support to refugees and local community organizers.

 


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