Speakers & Workshop Hosts

Clara S. Acosta is an associate in the Lubin and Enoch law firm. She received her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and is admitted to the bar in Texas. In law school, she completed internships for the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission, Judge Joseph Tuchi at the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. During her last year of law school, Clara externed with Lubin & Enoch, learning extensively about labor and employment law. During law school, she also did extensive pro bono work for legal and local groups. She speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently.

Sharon Aguirre joined the Cohen, Weiss & Simon firm in 2019 and practices primarily in the area of employee benefits law. She works with a federal employee health benefit plan and various multi-employer pension and welfare plans. She provides advice on compliance, benefit claims and fiduciary issues, contribution enforcement, service provider agreements and qualified domestic relations orders, benefit litigation and prescription drug class action litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Aguirre was awarded a Peggy Browning Fellowship at a union-side firm in New York. During law school, she was a law clerk at District Council 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP. Ms. Aguirre graduated from Rutgers Law School in 2019 and graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University in 2016. She is fluent in Spanish.

Courtney Allen is an associate at Levy Ratner, P.C. She protects workers’ retirement and healthcare security by enforcing the promises employers make about compensation and benefits by advising multi-employer benefit funds on compliance and administrative matters and representing them in litigation, including collection actions and withdrawal liability suits. Courtney represents labor unions in arbitration and administrative proceedings, internal governance issues, and collective bargaining negotiation. She also represents individuals in cases involving race, national origin and sex discrimination. She received a B.S. degree from Vanderbilt University and her J.D from Northeastern University School of Law and is admitted to the bar in New York.

Danielle Alvarado is the Legal Director of the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic in Seattle, WA. She works with her team to develop and implement innovative legal strategies to empower workers, enforce minimum standards, and shift the balance of power in the workplace. Most recently, she was an Immigrants’ Rights Staff Attorney at Takeroot Justice, where she provided direct representation, policy and technical assistance, and strategic campaign support to grassroots immigrants’ rights organizations and workers centers in New York City. Prior to that, she was an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at CARECEN. Danielle has more than a decade of experience working in movements for racial and economic justice across the country, which has deeply informed her approach to legal advocacy. She speaks Spanish, attended Whitman College and Northeastern University School of Law, and is a proud past recipient of the National Lawyers Guild C.B. King Award. Danielle is admitted to practice in New York, and her admission in Washington is pending.

Hiram Arnaud is an Associate General Counsel at the Major League Baseball Players Association, where he works on bargaining, CBA enforcement, grievance administration, and disciplinary matters. A graduate of Cornell Law School, he has represented employees in federal and state court, before administrative agencies, and in grievance arbitrations. Hiram has extensive experience advising unions and their Spanish speaking members on labor law and employee rights. Previously he worked at the law firm Cohen, Weiss & Simon. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School.
Bryan T. Arnault is a partner at Blitman & King LLP and is primarily focused in representing private and public sector labor unions in labor and employment law. Bryan advises clients in all facets of the labor relationship, including union organizing and representation elections, collective bargaining, counseling during the grievance process, and advocating on their behalf in arbitration, National Labor Relations Board proceedings, or other litigation. Bryan also represents individual employees and employee benefit funds.

Michael Artz is an Associate General Counsel at the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME). He was AFSCME's lead in-house council in the Detroit bankruptcy case. Throughout his legal career he has represented labor unions, health and pension funds and individuals before courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. He also developed, planned, implemented and supervised Presidential election voter protection programs in Virginia and Nevada. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University (Ohio) and graduated cum laude from American University's Washington College of Law, where he also teaches legal rhetoric and writing as a law professor. He clerked for the Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, then served as a legal fellow for the Service Employees International Union and as an associate attorney at Mooney, Green, Baker & Saindon in Washington, D.C. He was a Peggy Browning Fellow in 2000 and currently serves as a Board Member and Secretary for the Peggy Browning Fund and a member of its Conference Planning Committee.

Allyson L. Belovin is a partner at Levy Ratner, P.C. She has devoted her career to protecting and advancing the rights of working people by representing labor unions and individuals in all aspects of labor and employment law. She litigates cases in state and federal courts as well as at the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Human Rights Commission and other agencies. Allyson represents unions in a wide range of industries and also represents unions and candidates in union officer elections and other internal matters. Her practice areas include labor, union governance, employee rights litigation, employment and separation agreements, bankruptcy, and class actions. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.S. from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Walakewon Blegay is currently Counsel for the DC Nurses Association, Adjunct Law Professor and talk show host for the Chat With a Lawyer TV show. Wala served on the Human Relations Commission and the Task Force for the Study of Economic Development and Apprenticeship Programs. She was a recipient of the 2015 40 under 40 in Prince George’s County, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Presidential Service Award and the Daily Record’s Leading Woman award. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. and earned a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. Wala was a Peggy Browning Fellow in 2010.

Matthew Stark Blumin is Deputy General Counsel at the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. In 2006 he was a Peggy Browning Fellow at the Department of Labor in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from Stanford Law School and completing two judicial clerkships, Mr. Blumin had a year-long fellowship representing immigrant workers with Friends of Farmworkers in Philadelphia (also a Peggy Browning Fund mentor organization). He then joined the union-side law firm Bredhoff & Kaiser as an Associate before moving to AFSCME as an Associate General Counsel. Prior to law school, Mr. Blumin was a middle school teacher and an active member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Richard Brean - Since graduating from Harvard Law School, Richard Brean spent his entire career in the Legal Department of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh. During his first ten years in the Legal Department, he maintained a general labor practice. Starting in 1988, he devoted the bulk of his practice to NLRB litigation involving unfair labor practice strikes and unlawful lockouts. From 2009 to 2018, Mr. Brean served as USW General Counsel. He also supervised litigation performed by “the Steelworker family” of outside law firms. A long-time member of the Peggy Browning Fund’s Board of Directors, he was elected Chair in 2015. Mr. Brean is passionate about encouraging law students to pursue careers in public and private practice defending the rights of working people. Mr. Brean is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. He is a frequent speaker at programs sponsored by the LCC, the American Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Joe Briggs, a scholarship athlete at Texas Christian University, earned three varsity letters as a committed student leader. After working in corporate America for a few years, Mr. Briggs transitioned into education as the Special Assistant to the President of Florida A&M University while also pursuing a master's degree at the same institution as a State University System Fellow. Mr. Briggs then earned his J.D. at the Florida State University College of Law. During law school, he was employed as a law clerk by the top tier public finance firm Bryant Miller Olive and was selected as a United States Senate Legal Extern. After the completion of his externship as a US Senate Legal Fellow, Mr. Briggs was hired by the NFL Players Association to manage their Financial Programs Department. Currently, he is the Public Policy Counsel of the NFLPA and first individual to lead the NFLPA Government Relations Department. Mr. Briggs is also a professor at Georgetown University.

James Britton has been Assistant General Counsel at the International Union UAW for more than seven years. Prior to this position, he worked at the Detroit union-side law firm Sachs Waldman for six years. He earned his J.D. from Wayne State University School of Law. He has been a frequent mentor to Peggy Browning Fellows.

Amanda Bundick is originally from Boonsboro, Maryland and grew up in a Union household. Her father, a past Local Union officer in the Utility Workers Union of America, has been educating Amanda about the need for strong advocacy for working people since she was a child. Amanda is passionate about workers’ rights and relentless in her pursuit for positive change for working people. Amanda attended Washington & Jefferson College, graduating cum laude and receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in both political science and English with a concentration in Professional Writing. Amanda received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she focused her studies on labor, employment, and employee benefits. Amanda focuses her practice in union-side labor law. Amanda is an active member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, American Constitution Society, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Pamela Chandran is In-House Counsel for nurses and other health care professionals at UNAC/UHCP (United Nurses Association of California/Union of Health Care Professionals). Previously, she spent several years in-house representing registered nurses in the private sector and was Partner at a union-side firm. She represents unions and workers, appears frequently before the National Labor Relations Boards and in arbitration, and has extensive experience in collective bargaining. She frequently speaks at labor-related conferences, and is the union-side editor of Chapter 12 of Developing Labor Law: Recognition and Withdrawal of Recognition Without an Election. She is on the board of the Wage Justice Center in Los Angeles.

Jeanne Charles is an Illinois lawyer, arbitrator and mediator whose practice is focused on Alternative Dispute Resolution. She provides services in the Southeast and Midwest regions of the U.S., specializing in civil, commercial, family, employment and labor disputes. Ms. Charles has many years of experience resolving disputes through the courts, privately, with unions and governmental entities.

Fernando Colón is an Associate General Counsel at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME). Prior to joining the AFSCME Office of the General Counsel in March of 2019, Fernando served as an Attorney-Advisor for the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) in the office of Member DuBester (D) for five years. Fernando grew up in Las Vegas, NV and Zacatecas, México. Fernando was raised in a union household and his parents were long-time members of the Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas before retiring from the service industry. Fernando earned his B.A. in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and his J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, earning a Labor and Employment Law Certificate from Chicago-Kent’s Institute for the Law and the Workplace. Fernando is licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Nicole Decter is a partner at Segal Roitman, LLP, where she represents union clients in all aspects of labor-management relations. Her union clients hail from a diverse array of public and private sector industries and include skilled trades, service, municipal government, transportation, education, and utility unions. Nikki also represents individual and groups of employees in wage and hour and anti-discrimination litigation. Nikki was named a New England “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2009-2013 and a New England Super Lawyer in 2016 and 2017. Nikki is the union co-chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Technology Committee. Nikki has served on the Board of the Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and on the Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section as the co-chair of its Labor sub-committee. Nikki began her legal career as a legal fellow in the General Counsel’s Office of the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C.

Antonia Domingo is an Assistant General Counsel for the United Steelworkers. She works closely with Union staff and locals on a variety of collective bargaining and organizing issues. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2015. As a law student, Ms. Domingo was a Peggy Browning Fellow at Greater Boston Legal Services and an AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer Intern at United Food & Commercial Workers Local 75.

Samantha Dulaney is General Counsel at IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States. Previously she served as the first In-House Counsel for IATSE. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

Joshua J. Ellison joined Cohen, Weiss & Simon LLP in 2009 and became a partner in January 2016. He practices primarily in the areas of labor law, litigation, and bankruptcy. Before joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Mr. Ellison was a clerk for the Honorable Thomas P. Griesa, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and was a litigation associate at a large firm in New York. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004. While attending law school, Mr. Ellison interned at the Office of the Solicitor of the United States Department of Labor. Mr. Ellison is a contributor to Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law, published by the National Lawyers Guild and a member of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Section Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRA. Mr. Ellison graduated with honors from Oberlin College in 1998.

Margo A. Feinberg, from the firm Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers, has served as counsel to a variety of labor unions in both the public and private sectors as well as a number of non-profit organizations. She also has represented individual employees in contract, employment severance, and licensing revocation issues. Ms. Feinberg has also earned a reputation in the field of municipal legislation, having crafted a host of living wage ordinances and other state and local laws that protect workers’ and local communities’ rights. Ms. Feinberg has served as the National Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild and on the Advisory Board of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. She has served on the boards of various community-based and nonprofit organizations addressing issues of civil rights, women’s rights, and economic development, and building safe, inclusive environments for all.

Fred Feinstein, former General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, is currently a consultant to unions and other worker advocacy organizations. From 2000 to 2014 he was a Senior Fellow and visiting professor in the Office of Executive Programs, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland. He has served on the UAW Public Review Board and the Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) Advisory Board. During his nearly six-year tenure as NLRB General Counsel, Mr. Feinstein was recognized for efforts to improve the administration of the National Labor Relations Act. Prior to serving as NLRB General Counsel Mr. Feinstein was the Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Labor-Management Relations Subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives on which he served for 17 years. He is a long-time member of the Advisory Board of the Peggy Browning Fund and PBF’s Conference Planning Committee.

Mindy Garland is the Lead Organizer at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center. She was a 2016 Peggy Browning Fellow at UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco. Mindy graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2017, where she was President of the Black Law Student Association. After her Peggy Browning Fellowship, Mindy also interned at the NLRB and at the Milton A. Kramer Criminal Law Clinic. In July 2018 she became Lead Organizer at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center; while there, she has been involved with mentoring other Peggy Browning Fellows placed with the organization. She joined PBF’s Board of Directors in 2020.

Leo Gertner is a labor and employment lawyer and writer living in New York. He has worked with the National Employment Law Project, Services Employees International Union, United Steelworkers, and Communications Workers of America. His commentary on workers' rights has been published in The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, The American Prospect, In These Times, and the Yale Law Journal. He is a graduate of NYU School of Law. He is a former Peggy Browning Fellow, a member of the National Lawyers' Guild, and serves on the Peggy Browning Fund's Workers' Rights Conference Planning Committee.

Matthew Ginsburg is Associate General Counsel at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Prior to joining the AFL-CIO, he was an attorney at Cornfield & Feldman, a union-side labor law firm in Chicago, Illinois, and, prior to that, was a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He clerked for Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Ginsburg is a magna cum laude graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif. He was a union organizer for several years prior to becoming a lawyer. He is also a member of PBF’s Conference Planning Committee.

Lisa M. Gomez joined Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP in 1994 and became a partner in 2002. Practicing primarily in the area of employee benefits law, she represents and advises a federal employee health benefit plan, various multiemployer pension and welfare plans, single employer plans, and jointly administered training program trust funds, as well as plans sponsored by unions for their internal staff. She also advises plans on plan design and administration, delinquency collection, benefit claims and fiduciary issues and represents them in various types of litigation. She frequently lectures on topics related to employee benefit plans. She is on the Advisory Board of the Peggy Browning Fund and a member of its Conference Planning Committee. Ms. Gomez graduated from Fordham University Law School, where she was an editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal, and from Hofstra University.

Monica Guizar is an Associate General Counsel with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the President-Elect of the Mexican American Bar Association. She has dedicated the entirety of her legal career to representing workers, unions and immigrants. Prior to joining SEIU, Ms. Guizar was an attorney and shareholder with the union-side law firm of Weinberg, Roger, & Rosenfeld. Her practice areas with the firm included traditional labor, employment and immigration law in both the private and public sector. She has extensive experience dealing with issues that impact immigrant workers and organizing immigrant workers. Ms. Guizar was previously the Employment Policy Attorney with the National Immigration Law Center, ran a private law practice, worked as an associate attorney with the Law Office of Enrique Arevalo, and has served on numerous boards.

Angie Cowan Hamada primarily represents labor unions, employees and benefit funds.  She  is a shareholder at Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, where she has practiced law since 2005.  Angie has also represented individual employees in a variety of employment matters. Angie’s ability to relate to and understand unions, their members and individual employees stems from her family’s working-class background and her experience working for UNITE HERE Local 35 and the Greater New Haven Central Labor Council prior to attending law school. During law school, Angie was a Peggy Browning Fellow at the Chicago Newspaper Guild and was a participant in the AFL-CIO’s Law Student Union Summer program with the United Steelworkers of America. She has been a Commissioner on the Cook County Commission on Human Rights from 2018 to the present, a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC) since 2005, and a past member of the LCC’s Board of Directors. She earned her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Mark Hanna is a founding partner of Murphy Anderson PLLC. He has a diverse labor and employment law practice representing whistleblowers alleging fraud, low-wage workers in class and collective actions, and labor unions. Most of Mark’s clients are low-wage service and construction workers. Mark represents national and local labor unions and employee benefit plans in federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings. Mark has experience in international labor-rights issues, having traveled to the Middle East and China to promote independent unionism and worker dignity. He is active in the Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC) of the AFL-CIO, Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). In July 2020, Mark began serving a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of NELA. In January 2020, Mark was elected to a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA).

Bruce Harland joined Weinberg, Roger and Rosenfeld in 2003. Prior to law school, Mr. Harland was a Union organizer. Notably, Mr. Harland is the subject of a D.C. Circuit Court opinion about whether Stanford University Medical Center unlawfully violated the National Labor Relations Act when they evicted Mr. Harland from a bench on the Medical Center property because they believed he was in violation of their no-solicitation policy. Mr. Harland, involved in an organizing campaign at the Medical Center, is called “a self-confessed serial violator of Stanford's solicitation and distribution rules” by the Court of Appeals. Stanford Hospital v. National Labor Relations Board (2003) 325 F.3d 334, 345-36. While at Rutgers University School of Law, Mr. Harland received a Peggy Browning Fellowship to clerk with the Service Employees International Union.

Evelyn Haro joined O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue LLP as an associate in September 2020.  Previously, she was a Law Fellow with SEIU Local 32BJ in New York City for two years.  Ms. Haro spent much of her time in law school working within the labor movement, serving as a Peggy Browning Fellow at SEIU Headquarters her 1L summer as well as clerking for another international union and a union-side firm.  Throughout her 3L year, she also advocated on behalf of the working immigrant community in the greater DMV area through her school's Immigrant Justice Clinic.  Ms. Haro received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and her B.A. from Wellesley College.

Amanda Green-Hawkins has served as Associate Counsel at the United Steelworkers since 2015 and is on the Board of Trustees for the Women's Law Project. Amanda has also served as a member of the Port Authority Transportation Board of Allegheny County and as Councilmember of the Alleghany County Council. She comes from a union family – her mother was a factory worker and her father a member of the Carpenters Union. Early on in her career, Amanda represented a group of immigrant women working in a factory whose employer unlawfully threatened to move the factory out of the country. She won the case, ensuring the women safe working conditions and fair wages. In 2019, Amanda ran for Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge, losing within a margin narrow enough to support a recount. Amanda holds a J.D. from Northeastern University and a Bachelor's Degree from Duke University.

Linda Hinton is Vice President of Communications Workers of America District 4, which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Linda currently serves as Chair of the CWA Executive Board's Legislative Committee. Prior to becoming District 4 Vice President in 2012, Linda served the union in many capacities. She has led the group CWA Women for Political Power, directed the District’s legislative and political programs, and built a strong movement of workers and allies throughout the Midwest, including with the Stand Up for Ohio coalition.

Melinda K. Holmes, a partner in the Washington office of Murphy Anderson PLLC, has represented public- and private-sector unions at all levels and across a variety of industries and workplaces, as well as a federal employee health-benefits plan and non-profit organizations. Her advocacy has spanned different forums as well, from the NLRB to federal and state court to rights and interest arbitration. She is General Counsel to a national postal union, and the first woman of color to lead the legal department of a major labor organization. Throughout her years of practice, Mindy has contributed to civic programs, pro bono matters, and bar activities. She presently is a member of the AFL-CIO Labor Coordinating Committee Board of Directors and a long-time supporter of the LCC’s Minority Caucus. Prior to joining Murphy Anderson, Mindy was a partner at O’Donnell, Schwartz & Anderson, P.C. where she started her legal career after clerking on D.C. Superior Court.

Chaumtoli Huq is an Associate Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law and the founder/Editor of an innovative law and media non-profit focused on law and social justice called Law@theMargins. Her expertise lies in labor and employment and human rights. Professor Huq has devoted her professional career to public service focusing on issues impacting low-income New Yorkers. In 2014, she was appointed as the General Counsel for Litigation for the New York City Office of the Public Advocate, becoming then the highest-ranking Bangladeshi-American in New York City government. Along with holding leadership roles at Legal Services of NYC and MFY Legal Services, she also served as Director of the first South Asian Workers’ Rights Project at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the first staff attorney to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, and has served Community Board 7 for the Upper West Side. She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her B.A. from Columbia College.

Claudia Williams Hyman is a labor and employment lawyer currently living in Memphis, Tennessee. For the past year she was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. Prior to that position, she was a Law Fellow at SEIU. While in law school, she was a 2016 Peggy Browning Fellow at SEIU and the Managing Editor of the Howard Human and Civil Rights Law Review. She received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Memphis, and a B.A. from Bowdoin College in Sociology and Africana Studies. Claudia currently serves on the Peggy Browning Fund’s Conference Planning Committee.

Samuel Jackson (J.D., New York University School of Law; B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Assistant General Counsel, AFSCME District Council 37. Previously he was a staff attorney at TWU Local 100 for six years. During law school he was a law clerk at Levy Ratner, a legal intern for DC 37’s Office of the General Counsel, and a law clerk for Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle.

Amanda Jaret is Assistant General Counsel in the Legal Department of the United Food and Commercial Workers. She previously worked as an attorney for former NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce from 2014 to 2019. Amanda has been a frequent writer on labor law topics and a frequent volunteer in Peggy Browning Fund programs and activities. She received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

David Jury, United Steelworkers General Counsel, is the son of a retired member of Local 2227 at U.S. Steel’s Mon Valley Works – Irvin Plant near Pittsburgh. He graduated from George Washington University Law School, then spent a year on the faculty of the Duquesne University School of Law before joining the USW legal department in 1996. In his 22 years with the USW, Jury has become an expert in bankruptcies and corporate restructurings across the range of USW-represented industries. He is also a member of the negotiating teams at Newport News Shipbuilding and in the container industry. He has substantial litigation experience and is an expert in union security issues. He is a member of PBF’s Board of Directors.

Sarai King has been Assistant General Counsel at United Food & Commercial Workers International Union in Washington, DC since June 2018. Previous positions include attorney at Weissman & Mintz and Associate General Counsel at UNITE HERE Local 100. Sarai received a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, a M.S. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a B.A. from Smith College.
Wendy LaManque is Eastern Counsel for the American Guild of Musical Artists. Previously she practiced at Cohen, Weiss & Simon LLP for six years. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations and Brooklyn Law School. Wendy worked at AFTRA (pre-merger with SAG) and Actors Equity Association. She was a Peggy Browning Fellow in 2012 at Communications Workers of America District 1 and has remained active in the New York Chapter of the PBF Alumni and in PBF’s Alumni Mentoring Alumni program.

Professor Homer La Rue (B.A. Purdue University, M.I.L.R. Cornell University, J.D. Cornell University School of Law) teaches lawyering skills, civil procedure, professional responsibility, and dispute resolution at Howard University School of Law. Professor La Rue is one of the founding faculty at the City University of New York School of Law and has experience with the development of a nationally recognized first year clinical experience at the University of Maryland. He also served as the director of clinical education for the District of Columbia School of Law. Professor LaRue has obtained recognition for his work as a clinical teacher. His other professional accomplishments include service as a mediator and arbitrator in a variety of disputes. He has also developed programs to assist persons of color in becoming mediators and arbitrators in labor and non-labor disputes.

Juhyung Harold Lee is an associate at Rothner, Segall & Greenstone, a labor law firm in Pasadena, California. Harold's practice centers on providing advice and legal representation to unions and their members. He also occasionally represents community organizations in local government law matters. During law school, Harold spent his Peggy Browning Fellowship summer at New York State United Teachers and later worked as a summer associate at Altshuler Berzon, a labor-side public interest firm in San Francisco. Prior to becoming an attorney, Harold was a public elementary school teacher in New York City and a program coordinator at a progressive Korean American advocacy organization in Los Angeles. He received an A.B. from Brown University, M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Danielle E. Leonard is a partner in the San Francisco union-side law firm Altshuler Berzon LLP. Her practice consists primarily of complex litigation. She has briefed and argued numerous cases at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts. She has represented international, state and local labor unions, environmental groups and other advocacy organizations, and workers, students, and consumers in class actions, in cases involving areas of law including labor law, employment law, voting rights and other constitutional issues. She clerked for the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, United States District Court, District of Columbia. She received a BA degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Joseph Lurie, Founder and President of the Peggy Browning Fund, retired in 2010 as the Senior Partner in the law firm of Galfand Berger in Philadelphia, PA. His practice included union side labor, workers’ compensation and products liability cases. Some of the cases he handled have set national precedents. Mr. Lurie successfully represented injured workers before the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He tried several hundred cases in the County Court systems and various Federal District Courts throughout Pennsylvania. A member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Associations, he has written and lectured extensively. Mr. Lurie is the founder of three non-profit agencies: The Pennsylvania Federation of Injured Workers, a support group for men and women who have been injured at work; Peggy Browning Fund, a memorial to his late wife, Margaret A. Browning, to educate law students on the rights and needs of workers; and Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania, a scholarship fund for children of workers who have been seriously injured or killed while at work.

Gideon Martin is an Assistant General Counsel at the New York Hotel Trades Council. He previously worked at the National Labor Relations Board Region 9. While attending Brooklyn Law School, he interned at the Center for Popular Democracy in Brooklyn, clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak of the Eastern District of New York, and was a Peggy Browning Fellow at the Major League Baseball Players Association. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Patricia McConnell is Of Counsel at Levy Ratner P.C. She works to protect workers’ retirement and healthcare security through the representation of collectively bargained pension and welfare benefit plans in the private and public sectors and labor unions. Her practice encompasses the full range of employee benefits law issues. For her entire career, Pat has represented local and international labor organizations, handling litigation, arbitration, collective bargaining, internal union governance and elections, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and other federal and state administrative agencies. She also represents individuals regarding employment matters, including discrimination and wage and hour claims. Before joining Levy Ratner, she was a partner of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, P.C. and Vladeck, Waldman, Elias and Engelhard, P.C. she is a former board member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her A.B. from Oberlin College.

DeRay McKesson is a civil rights advocate focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds honorary doctorates from The New School and the Maryland Institute College of Art. DeRay has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement, and a co-founder of Campaign Zero, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies that ensure equity. He has been praised by President Obama for his work as a community organizer, has advised officials at all levels of government and internationally, and continues to provide capacity to activists, organizers, and influencers to make an impact.

Mary Anne Moffa has been the Executive Director of the Peggy Browning Fund since 2001. During her tenure, she has managed a more than five-fold increase in fellowships, expanded PBF’s National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conferences, oversaw the development of regional Advocating for Workplace Justice workshops throughout the country, and added other complementary programming for Peggy Browning Fellows and Alumni. She has devoted her entire career to not-for-profit programs, most notably at several community mental health/mental retardation centers in Philadelphia and nearby counties, culminating in positions as Executive Director at two of the largest such agencies in the country. Ms. Moffa received her B.A. degree from Chestnut Hill College, M.A. from Temple University, and did post-graduate work in non-profit program administration at the NIMH Staff College, at Penn State University and at the University of Pennsylvania.

Amanda Morejon is an Assistant Attorney General in the Fair Labor Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where she works to enforce the state’s wage and hour laws and to protect the residents of the Commonwealth from wage theft. Amanda was previously in the Attorney General’s two-year fellowship program. Before joining the Attorney General’s office, Amanda clerked at the Massachusetts Appeals Court for Chief Justice Green, interned at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, and was a student attorney for and the president of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. She is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Nader Issa is a multiplatform reporter, covering breaking news for the Chicago Sun-Times, where he has written numerous articles on issues involving education, school employees, and related matters. He received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and in Sports Management from Loyola University Chicago. While in college he was the Sports Editor and then the Managing Editor of the award-winning Loyola Phoenix.

Eleanor Morton started working at Leonard Carder in 2003 and has been a partner since 2009. She represents working people, labor unions and workers centers in litigation in federal and state courts, before federal and state administrative agencies, and in mediation and arbitration. In 2011, she was named a “Rising Star” by California Lawyer magazine. Before joining Leonard Carder, Eleanor served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lynn Adelman in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Eleanor graduated from Earlham College with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa and from Northeastern University School of Law.

Ingrid Nava is Associate General Counsel for SEIU Local 32BJ, the largest labor union for property services workers in the country and a union with a large immigrant membership. Ms. Nava is also a founding board member of Justice at Work (jatwork.org), a legal services nonprofit organization serving immigrant worker centers in Massachusetts. She previously served as an employment lawyer for low-wage workers with Greater Boston Legal Services, where along with direct client representation, she provided legal counsel to immigrant worker centers. Prior to law school, Ms. Nava was an organizer for SEIU. She earned her JD from Northeastern University School of Law and her AB from Stanford University.

Jessica Drangel Ochs is Associate General Counsel of SEIU Local 32BJ. Previously she was Of Counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. where she represented unions in the courts, arbitrations, and administrative hearings, appearing regularly before the National Labor Relations Board. Ms. Ochs has also held the position of Associate General Counsel at UNITE HERE and was a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, Region 2. Ms. Ochs obtained her law degree and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she served on the Maryland Law Review. Ms. Ochs received her Masters and Bachelors degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a member of the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO. She is contributing editor to the ABA’s The Developing Labor Law and to the ABA’s How to Take a Case Before the NLRB. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Peggy Browning Fund.

Mark Gaston Pearce is a distinguished lecturer and the Executive Director of the Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Pearce is a former Board Member and Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board who served for two terms, concluding in August 2018. Prior to assuming his position at Georgetown, he was a visiting senior scholar and Lecturer at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations and founding partner of Creighton, Pearce, Johnsen & Giroux. Mr. Pearce is a graduate of Cornell University and State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and has received numerous honors and recognition from labor and community organizations.

Cassie Peabody is the Legal and Program Coordinator for the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund (MCTF), a statewide watchdog that works to eliminate illegal and unfair business practices in California’s janitorial industry. Prior to serving non-union janitors across California, Cassie worked as a law fellow for SEIU in D.C., Legal Aid at Work and Neyhart, Anderson, Flynn and Grosboll in San Francisco; before that, as a community organizer for several years in support of immigrant worker rights. Cassie comes from working class, midwestern roots, and is dedicated to working and living in the struggles and joys that exist at the intersection of labor and racial justice. She also loves books and her chosen family.

Brian Petruska is counsel to the Laborers’ International Union of North America’s (LIUNA’s) Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizing Coalition, LIUNA’s dedicated labor-organizing fund for its Mid-Atlantic Region, which covers Pennsylvania to North Carolina and includes nearly 40,000 LIUNA members. He also serves as counsel to LIUNA-affiliated unions and labor-management funds in the DC Metro Area. His practice focuses on union organizing but also includes regulatory compliance issues common to most in-house counsel. Prior to working for LIUNA, he served as litigation counsel for two LCC law firms: Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, PC, in New York City and Slevin & Hart in Washington DC. During law school, he interned at Davis, Cowell, & Bowe, LLP, in San Francisco, and at UNITE’s Office of General Counsel in New York City. Mr. Petruska graduated from New York University Law School.

LaRell Purdie (she/her) is the Managing Counsel of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and has been part of the SEIU Legal Department since 2010. In addition to supporting the General Counsel, LaRell works on internal matters for the legal department and the Union. From 2010 to 2016, LaRell was counsel to the Healthcare Division and supported the Union’s hospital organizing efforts and its corporate social responsibility campaigns. LaRell co-manages the legal department's law clerk and law fellow programs and also serves as counsel to the union’s Racial Justice Center. She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Jennifer Rubin, a partner in the Boston firm Decker Rubin, has practiced labor and employment law since her graduation from the UCLA School of Law. She is the co-author of “Employment Discrimination Law” in “Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law: A Manual for Attorneys Representing the Labor Movement” (2008 and 2009 eds). She has taught seminars, participated in panels, and led discussions on labor relations and contract negotiations. She also served as a judicial extern for federal District Judge Robert M. Takasugi of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. In 2014, Ms. Rubin was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star in Boston Magazine and has been listed in the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts in Boston Magazine for 2015 and 2016.

Craig Rosenbaum is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Chicago News Guild, which is part of the Communications Workers of America. He has served as chief spokesperson in labor negotiations on behalf of journalists, court interpreters and union professionals. Craig has also litigated numerous cases in front of arbitrators and the National Labor Relations Board. Before joining the Chicago News Guild as its General Counsel in 1999, Craig represented both private and public sector unions in Chicago. Craig graduated from the University of Chicago (with honors). After a brief stint as a radio sports reporter, Craig matriculated and graduated from Indiana University School Law in Bloomington. Craig is a member of the Peggy Browning Fund’s Advisory Board and has mentored well over 30 Peggy Browning Fellows, many of whom are practicing labor law today.

Jessica Rutter is an attorney with the American Federation of Teachers. She previously worked at the National Labor Relations Board as an honors attorney and in the NLRB’s Division of Advice. While attending law school, she worked with UNITE-HERE Local 11 as a law clerk for one of the union’s organizing teams. Ms. Rutter spent her 1L summer as a Peggy Browning Fellow with the National Employment Law Project in New York, and her 2L summer at Region 28 of the NLRB in Phoenix. Before attending law school, she worked with the Teamsters Union, United Students Against Sweatshops, the Writers Guild of America West, and the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center in Cambodia. Ms. Rutter graduated from UCLA School of Law, and Duke University. She is a co-author, with Professor Catherine Fisk, of “Labor Protest Under the New First Amendment,” published in the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law in 2015.

Betzabeth Sanchez is Associate General Counsel for SEIU Local 32BJ, representing over 175,000 members in ten northeastern states, Washington, DC, Florida and other parts of the U.S.

Gillian Santos graduated from Howard University School of Law in 2017. She is currently working for the Biden Campaign as a Voter Protection Fellow and will start as an Associate at Murphy Anderson PLLC in November.

David Seligman has been the Executive Director of Towards Justice since 2018 and previously was Strategic Litigation Counsel with the organization. At Towards Justice, David has litigated several class and collective actions to attack systematic injustices in the labor market. David also performs strategic policy advocacy to support state and local agencies in their efforts to protect workers, and he writes and speaks regularly on forced arbitration and on the use of the antitrust laws to challenge anticompetitive practices in labor markets. Prior to his work at Towards Justice, David was a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, working on forced arbitration and predatory auto lending. David clerked for Chief Judge Patti B. Saris of the District of Massachusetts and Judges Robert D. Sack and Susan L. Carney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. David is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School.

Wendell Shepherd is a partner at Barnes Iaccarino & Shepherd LLP. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia Law School, she worked at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 2 prior to joining the firm. Her areas of concentration are labor law and employment law, representing unions and employees. She is a member of the New York State Bar and is admitted to practice in the Southern, Eastern and Northern Federal District Courts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Wendy is the daughter of a UAW shop steward and was schooled at an early age on the importance of Unions to working class people and to our country. Ms. Shepherd has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and on the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Hope Singer became West Coast Counsel for the American Guild of Musical Artists in 2018, representing AGMA members in the Southern California area as well as part of its Northwest Area. Hope has practiced union-side labor law for over thirty years at the firm now known as Bush Gottlieb, where she represented unions and their members in both the private and public sectors and in a variety of industries from entertainment to education to construction. She has been an active member of the AFL-CIO’s Lawyers Coordinating Committee and served on its Board of Directors. Before entering private practice, Hope worked as a Field Attorney for the NLRB in both Newark NJ and Los Angeles CA, where she investigated and prosecuted dozens of unfair labor practices.

David Slutsky (State University of New York at Binghamton, B.S.; George Washington University Law School, J.D.) joined Levy Ratner in 1999 after completing a one-year post-graduate fellowship with the Service Employees International Union’s legal department in Washington, DC. He represents labor unions and individual employees in a variety of industries including health care, utilities, hotel and restaurant, financial services, retail and public sector in all aspects of labor and employment law. He also has extensive experience in advising unions during organizing drives, including corporate campaigns. He has presented workshops at regional and national lawyers conferences on litigation skills and conducts training sessions for union organizers on a variety of substantive legal topics.

Jay Smith is a shareholder in Gilbert & Sackman. He has represented labor unions and their members for over 33 years. He was previously a partner in the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Cooper, Mitch, Crawford, Kuykendall & Whatley. Mr. Smith has represented the United Steelworkers for almost his entire legal career, and now serves as USW’s District Counsel for the eleven western states. He is also greatly honored to represent other militant and progressive labor organizations, including UNAC/UHCP, IATSE Locals B-192 and 768, AGVA, UFCW Local 324, many USW local unions and other local unions. He appears regularly in federal and state courts, before the NLRB and PERB, before arbitrators, and in collective bargaining negotiations. He also represents plaintiffs in class action litigation. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Alabama School of Law and has been a member of the Peggy Browning Fund’s Board of Directors since 2017.

Alexandra Sossa is presently the Executive Director of the Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project –FLAP – Proyecto de Ayuda para Trabajadores del Campo y Jardineros. She has more than 30 years of experience performing community outreach and education for very low-income Latino immigrants. She has a long history of public service dating back to her work with coffee plantation workers in Colombia, where she also worked for nearly a decade with the Attorney General’s Office. She has educated low-income workers on their rights in the United States, Spain and Colombia. While in Spain, Alexandra helped citizens of Mexico navigate through the Spanish legal system via the Mexican Embassy. Ms. Sossa graduated from the University of Medellin School of Law, Colombia and is certificated as a bilingual Mediator at the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, Illinois.

Renata Strause is an Associate General Counsel for the AFL-CIO, where she focuses on matters relating to the labor federation's political activities. Her prior professional experience includes clerking for Judge Keith Ellison on the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas and serving on the staff of the Committee on the Judiciary in the U.S. House of Representatives. Renata is a graduate of Oberlin College and Yale Law School and the co-author, along with Professor Dan Tokaji, of The New Soft Money, an innovative study of the impact of the Citizens United decision on congressional campaigns and elected officials.

Angela Thompson is Associate Director in the legal department of the American Federation of Teachers. Prior to her position at the AFT, Angela spent seven years at the National Labor Relations Board in the Division of Advice. Angela was active with the staff union while at the Board, ultimately becoming the vice president. She was previously a law fellow with the Service Employees International Union and worked briefly at the Department of Labor, Bredhoff & Kaiser, and the Immigration Assistance Program of the Diocese of Kalamazoo in Michigan. Before law school, Angela worked in a Verizon call center where she was a member of, and shop steward for, the Communications Workers of America. She holds a law degree from Yale Law School, a master’s degree in labor and employment relations from Rutgers University, and a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Webster University in St. Louis.

Marissa Vahlsing is a 2011 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was awarded a Sheldon Fellowship and subsequently a Global Human Rights fellowship to support her work with EarthRights International before she became a staff attorney there in 2013. Now, in her role as Legal Coordinator, Marissa also supervises ERI’s Bertha legal fellows in ERI’s Washington, D.C. office. She has focused on legal strategies to defend the human and environmental rights of communities in cases against corporate and government actors. Marissa helped launch ERI’s new Amazon Office in Lima, Peru and has assisted in developing its Amazon legal program in support of indigenous communities affected by resource extraction and mega-projects.

Jason Veny is a Partner at Murphy Anderson in Washington, D.C. Jason has long represented labor unions and workers in arbitrations and in proceedings before various federal and state courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York Public Employment Relations Board. Prior to joining Murphy Anderson, Jason served as in-house counsel at the United Federation of Teachers, where he advised union officers on legal strategies and negotiated and drafted collective bargaining agreements on behalf of members in both the public and private sectors, including public school educators, charter school faculty, hospital nurses, home-care nurses, and day-care providers. Jason also previously worked for TWU Local 100 in New York City where he regularly arbitrated cases for the union. Jason is a dedicated board member of DC Jobs with Justice and serves on the Steering Committee of Workplace Street Law.

Marley Weiss received her B.A. from Barnard College and her J.D. from the Harvard Law School. Upon graduation, she practiced labor law for ten years with the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW). She was the first woman attorney hired into the UAW General Counsel's office. Since 1984, she has been a member of the faculty of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she is Professor of Law. Professor Weiss also has taught at Eötvös Loránd Faculty of Law and at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and has supervised Maryland's international clinic students working in Mexico. She is a former Secretary of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, a past co-chair of the Section's Committee on International Labor and Employment Law, and a co-chair of the Section’s Committee on Immigration and Human Trafficking. She is a long-time member of the Peggy Browning Fund’s Advisory Board and its Conference Planning Committee.

Gwynne A. Wilcox (Syracuse University, B.A.; Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.) is a Partner in the New York union-side law firm Levy Ratner, P.C. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Wilcox worked as a Field Attorney at Region 2 of the NLRB in New York City. Her practice is devoted to representing unions and their members in collective bargaining and other negotiations, grievance handling, arbitrations, mediation, internal union administrative and constitutional issues, and before the NLRB and other administrative agencies. Ms. Wilcox is currently a member of the boards of the Peggy Browning Fund and the Workers Defense League. She has authored and published numerous papers in the areas of labor law and technology issues in the workplace; has made numerous presentations on arbitration, NLRA, and other areas of employment law to the American Bar Association, state bar associations and the National Academy of Arbitrators; and provides sexual harassment training to unions and non-profits. She is a member of the Peggy Browning Fund’s Conference Planning Committee and was the driving force behind organizing the Networking Meet Ups for this year’s conference.

Micah Wissinger represents unions and individuals in all aspects of labor and employment law, including complex arbitration, litigation at the trial and appellate levels, and in proceedings before the NLRB, EEOC and other administrative agencies. Micah has negotiated collective bargaining agreements covering thousands of workers and is often consulted for his experience in union organizing strategy, public communications and e-discovery. Micah has extensive experience advising unions in all aspects of corporate social responsibility campaigns. He has litigated and settled wage and hour disputes, represented individuals in employment discrimination matters and routinely provides counsel to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. He received his J.D. from Northeastern University and his B.A. from Oklahoma City University.

Melissa S. Woods is Of Counsel to Cohen, Weiss and Simon, LLP in New York. She specializes in litigating labor and employment law matters before governmental agencies, and state and federal courts, on behalf of unions and individual employees. She also has extensive experience investigating allegations of discrimination and harassment and creating and conducting anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training programs. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Woods provided advice and counsel on various labor and employment related issues at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Civil Rights Bureau of the NYS Attorney General’s Office, and Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein. Most recently, Ms. Woods was the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Ms. Woods graduated with honors from Wesleyan University and received her law degree from George Washington University School of Law.