This year marks the Peggy Browning Fund’s 20th Anniversary. Since 1997 we have supported nearly 800 law students in 10 week Summer Fellowships. It’s where they gain invaluable insights into the uniquely rewarding mission of advocating for workers.
The profiles below are part of our 20th Anniversary Solidarity Series featuring the stories of our alumni and their path to a career in labor or public interest law following their Peggy Browning Fellowship. Their stories show how our program has helped them to focus their efforts to a rewarding career.
Michael is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law (cum laude) and currently works as an Associate General Counsel at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In addition to his role on PBF’s Board of Directors, he serves on the Planning Committee and as a workshop facilitator of the National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference.
Jen Bizzotto is a second-year law student at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to her summer fellowship, Jen’s first-hand experiences with the restaurant industry’s wage theft, sexual harassment and poor working conditions fueled her passion to help raise the quality of life for working people. During her undergraduate years, she engaged in extensive grassroots activism in Ann Arbor and Detroit, exposing employment issues and immigrant rights. She was co-founder of the student organization Migrant and Immigrant Rights Advocacy. There she helped to streamline parallel initiatives such as DACA workshops, DREAM Act advocacy, anti-deportation campaigns and Know Your Rights trainings.