Work For Workplace Justice

Friday, January 17th, 2014

With a week to go before the deadline for completing the PBF Fellowship Application, the first of 10 regional workshops slated for 2014 was held on January 9 in Los Angeles.

The workshop offered last minute tips for applying and introduced students to the benefits of practicing labor law.

Held at UCLA School of Law, twenty-five students attended including Karina Godoy from Southwestern University School of Law. “The workshop was a great opportunity to hear from seasoned labor law attorneys about the challenges, benefits and rewards of practicing labor law and from past Peggy Browning Fellows about how the PBF makes it possible for law students to take part in an evolving and progressive area of the law,” says Karina.

Jay Smith, a union-side attorney from Gilbert and Sackman, a mentor organization to the PBF, moderated the panel.  “It was really wonderful . . . inspired presentations by all our panelists,” says Smith.  The panel for the Los Angeles workshop included Professor Katherine Stone, UCLA School of Law; Richa Amar, United Nurses Association of California/Union of Health Care Professionals; Ryan Spillers, also from Gilbert and Sackman and three PBF alumni.  

The workshops are successful because of the participation of the panelists, alumni, and the schools that help with our planning.  “UCLA did a terrific job hosting the January workshop and we are grateful for their assistance,” says Mary Anne Moffa, executive director, PBF. “We also thank our alumni - Kristian Alfonso PBF'14, Cameron Bell PBF'14 and Nayla Wren PBF'12 - for sharing their experiences.”

Additional workshops will be scheduled throughout the year.  Look for postings on this website in the coming weeks. Previous workshops were held in Ann Arbor, Austin, Boston and Pittsburgh. 

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