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Amina Malik and Flor de Maria Garay Awarded Peggy Browning Fellowships

Friday, June 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Flor De Maria Garay and Amina Malik

Congratulations to Flor De Maria Garay, above left, a first-year student, and Amina Malik, at right, a second-year student, who have been awarded prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships in employment law this summer.

From the Petty Browning Fund Press Release:

Philadelphia, PA, June 15, 2017 - The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to Flor De Maria Garay, a first-year student, and Amina Malik, a second-year student, at University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. The application process is highly competitive, and the award is a tribute to their 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.

Flor De Maria Garay is this year’s Peggy Browning Fellow at Make the Road New York in New York, NY. Flor is a first generation immigrant. Her family migrated from El Salvador to Frederick, Maryland, fleeing poverty and a bloody civil war in the late 1980s. Growing up she became aware of the power dynamics and disparities between employers and immigrant workers. Frustrated by the injustices of the system, she organized the Frederick immigrant community around workplace issues. Currently, with the help of fellow law students, community members, and volunteering attorneys, she hosts a monthly workers’ rights clinic in Frederick serving low-wage workers. Her interest for the labor movement grew exponentially when she served as a shop steward for her staff union. Through the experiences of her coworkers and as a Latina woman in the workplace, she understood workplace justice is a human right. She hopes that as a PBF Fellow she can further the fight for workers’ rights in Frederick and across the globe.

Amina Malik’s Peggy Browning Fellowship is at Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, DC. Amina Malik joins as a Peggy Browning Fellow after several years as a Program Coordinator in non-profit agencies in Maryland and San Francisco, CA. Ms. Malik is currently a second year law student at the University of the District of Columbia, David Clarke School of Law, where she is also a teaching assistant for the Legal Writing program, and an Associate Editor on the Law Review. Committed to furthering social justice, Ms. Malik’s legal interests include Constitutional Law, Labor and International Human Rights Law. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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

See Peggy Browning Press Release (PDF)


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