Speakers & Workshop Hosts

*PLEASE NOTE, the below is for the 2021 Conference. Speakers for 2022 will be updated shortly!

Clara S. Acosta is an associate attorney at Lubin & Enoch, P.C. She received her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and is admitted to practice in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. As an associate attorney, she engages in all phases of complex labor and employment law representation, with an emphasis on representing labor unions. She has now appeared before courts and administrative agencies in matters arising under traditional and non-traditional labor law. In conjunction with this, Clara has extensive practice in the area of education law, public utility regulation, and wage and hour law. Outside of her legal practice, Clara is a member of the AFL-CIO’s Diversity and Racial Justice Committee and has worked with the Batson Working Group in Arizona to bolsters protections that prevent potential jurors from being struck on the basis of a protected class.

Alberto Aguirre is the 2021-2022 fellow at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). He is a former Peggy Browning Fellow at New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). He graduated from the City University of New York School of Law in 2021 where he served as co-chair of the Labor Coalition for Workers Rights and Economic Justice student group. He also served as a summer Board Agent at Region 2, LALSA Fellow, and as a term clerk at DC37. Alberto participated in the Workers Rights’ clinic where he represented app-based bicycle delivery drivers in their wage theft cases. As a 3L, he co-hosted an LPE conference panel titled, “Social Movements and the Relation to the Political”. Alberto is from El Paso, Texas where he helped organize farmworkers, pushed for pro-migrant worker municipal ordinances, and participated in the Lexmark strike campaign across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.Alberto recently accepted the prestigious position of benchwarmer for the AFL-CIO amateur soccer team. 

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 Assistant 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 court, before administrative agencies, and in grievance arbitrations. Previously he worked at the law firm Cohen, Weiss & Simon and clerked for a federal judge on the Eastern District of New York.

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.

Queen Arsem-O'Malley is Associate Counsel at New York State Nurses Association and a member of the National Lawyers' Guild Labor & Employment Committee. She was previously a Law Fellow with SEIU Local 32BJ. During law school, Ms. Arsem-O'Malley organized on campus for a graduate worker union, was a Peggy Browning Fellow at New York State United Teachers, and completed legal internships at UNITE HERE Local 26 and Greater Boston Legal Services. Ms. Arsem-O'Malley received a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. from McGill University.

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.

Alvar Ayala is the Chief of the Workplace Rights Bureau at Illinois Office of the Attorney General. Prior to joining the Illinois Office of the Attorney General, Alvar litigated employment matters exclusively on behalf of workers through various nonprofit and for-profit organizations including Chicago Legal Aid, Workers’ Law Office PC and Working Hands Legal Clinic, now known as Raise the Floor.  Alvar has significant collaborating with grassroots organizations to advance workers’ rights through legislation, regulation, and creative litigation.  He is a native of Mexico and a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law

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.

Matthew Stark Blumin is General Counsel of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, advising CIWin all legal matters including its award-winning Fair Food Program, which protects farmworkers’ human rights through legally-binding Fair Food Agreements signed by CIW and large multinational food retailers such as Subway and Wal-Mart.  In 2006, Matt was a Peggy Browning Fellow at the Department of Labor in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from Stanford Law School and completing two judicial clerkships, Matt began his career as a workers' rights attorney at Friends of Farmworkers in Philadelphia with a focus on representing survivors of workplace sexual harassment. Matt then represented a wide range of labor unions in private practice with the law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser before joining AFSCME as Associate General Counsel, and finally CIW.  Prior to law school, Matt 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.

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.

Willie Burden, Jr. is an in–house Staff Attorney for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). He is responsible for offering legal advice and assistance to the Health Care Division, and additionally assisting the Warehouse Division. He also works with other in – house departments to assist the International Union and its Locals with contract negotiations. Willie earned his B.S. and M.S. in Sport Management at Georgia Southern University before graduating from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Before becoming a full time Staff Attorney, he joined the IBT as a Peggy Browning Fellow in the summer of 2018. He also worked as a Law Clerk in the office of the Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the Division of Operations-Management at the National Labor Relations Board, as a Peggy Browning Fellowship recipient in the summer of 2017.

Kena C. Cador is an associate attorney at Beeson, Tayer and Bodine, where she focuses on  public and private sector labor law primarily on behalf of the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters and individual members of the California Teachers Association.Kena received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Master’s Degree in Africana Studies with special research interest in Critical Race Theory from New York University.  Kena is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she tackled employment discrimination and sexual harassment cases as a student attorney in the Civil Rights Clinic. While in law school, Kena was a Peggy Browning Fellow at the union firm Murphy Anderson, and served as a Workers’ Rights Clinic Volunteer at the DC Employment Justice Center, and Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy

Kyle Campbell is Associate General Counsel for AFSCME. Kyle was first exposed to the labor movement in college while working on a local minimum wage campaign. After spending a summer as an organizer and Union Scholar with AFSCME Council 13, he knew there was no question he would dedicate his life to the labor movement. In law school, he was elected president of the Labor and Employment Law Society, and spent his first summer serving indigent clients in the Florida panhandle through Equal Justice Works' Rural Summer Legal Corps. He spent the spring semester of his 2L year as a full-time extern in AFSCME's General Counsel's office in Washington, D.C., where he learned invaluable skills and strengthened his commitment to the movement. Following a Peggy Browning fellowship in Los Angeles and several roles with workers' rights organizations in Alabama, Kyle returned to AFSCME after his law school graduation.

Nicolas Carrizales Coronado grew up in a union household in the Heart of Chicago, in Chicago, IL. His grandmother was a member of the IBEW, his father was a member of the CTU, and his brother is a current member of the CTU. Prior to law school, Nico had his first experience in the labor movement by interning at the IWW General Headquarters. He stood beside workers on an unfair labor practice strike. In 2015, he joined the AFL-CIO Union Summer Program as an intern organizer for the AFSCME-SEIU Missouri Home Care Union Campaign. Nico held two Peggy Browning Fellowships, the year-long fellowship with the Chicago News Guild and a summer fellowship with the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers Union in Pittsburgh. In 2018, he received his JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law and completed the Labor and Employment Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. He is currently Associate General Counsel at the Illinois Education Association. He is a proud member of the National Lawyers Guild.

Nicole Horberg Decter is a partner at Segal Roitman, LLP, where she has practiced since 2007.  Her career is devoted to securing equity and dignity for workers.  Nikki represents union clients in all phases of labor-management relations.  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 2016-2021.  Additionally, Nikki received the Salt of the Earth Award from Communities Labor United in June 2015 and the Solidarity Award from the non-profit, Justice At Work, in 2018.  From 2017-2020, Nikki was the union co-chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Technology Committee, and currently serves as the union vice-chair of the planning committee for the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s annual conference.  Nikki has served on the Board of the Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee.  Nikki has also served on a number of local non-profit boards supporting women, children, and families.  Currently, she serves on the Board of Building Pathways, a pre-apprenticeship program expanding access to building trades careers for women and people of color in Boston, Massachusetts. Nikki began her legal career as a legal fellow in the General Counsel’s Office of the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A.), the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (M.A.), and Boston College Law School (J.D.).  She lives with her family in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Rachel Del Rossi is the new Executive Director of the Peggy Browning Fund.  Rachel has over 20 years of experience as a non-profit leader and community organizer, with a focus on public systems change, generational power shifts, and intersectional movement alliance.  She has a BA in US History and Public Policy from the Evergreen State College and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Goldman School for Public Policy at UC Berkeley. 

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.

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.

Naoki Fujita is currently a Senior Staff Attorney on the Workers’ Rights Team. At TakeRoot, his practice includes representing service sector and construction employees in wage/hour and employment discrimination actions. He has served as counsel in the Brooklyn office National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and at the Office of Labor Policy and Standards of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. He has provided testimony on employment-related legislation before the New York State Legislature and the New York City Council. His research on labor conditions of frontline retail workers has been cited by the New York Times and NPR’s Marketplace. Before his legal career, Naoki worked as an organizer for SEIU, UNITE HERE! and the Retail Action Project (RAP). He received a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from the Fordham School of Law. He serves on the advisory board of the Music Workers Alliance. Naoki is a Peggy Browning Fund alum.

Mindy Garland is the Labor Relations Attorney Organizer at the City Employees Associates. Angeles Black Worker Center. She was a 2016 Peggy Browning Fellow at UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco. Mindy received her B.A. in Politics from the University of California Santa Cruz and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University Law School. Mindy has over eight years of experience fighting in the labor movement. Before law school, Mindy worked as a union organizer, where she unionized workplaces and fought for family sustainable jobs. During law school, Mindy was a legal extern for the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor. After law school, she worked at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, creating and fighting for worker-side policies and worker justice. Mindy believes that every worker deserves a workplace free from discrimination, where they are respected and valued.

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.

Sayra Gordillo is a Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society in New York City. She represents immigrants facing detention and deportation before Immigration Court. Before joining Legal Aid, she worked at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York. Prior to law school, she was an organizer for the National Guestworker Alliance and Missouri Jobs with Justice. She worked on the Justice at Hershey’s campaign in 2011 and statewide ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage. During law school, she interned at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice as a CCR Ella Baker Fellow and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Conor Griffing is the Assistant Director of Organizing for National Nurses United. He has worked on organizing campaigns throughout the country including most recently leading the Mission Hospital Campaign in Asheville, NC and earlier this year led the campaign to organize 2000 nurses at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. He has worked for 7 years with the Union on both internal and external organizing drives.

Cristobal Gutierrez (pronouns he/him) is an attorney, who specializes in Employment Law, and admitted to practice in New York, United States, and Chile. Cristobal works in the Workplace Justice team and the TGNC (Trans and Gender-non-conforming) Justice Project at Make the Road NY in Queens, since 2015. Make the Road NY is a workers’ center that builds on the power of immigrant, mainly undocumented, workers. There, he handles a wide range of employment-related legal matters, such as minimum wage violations, discrimination, and employment benefit issues that members at Make the Road face. Cristobal also provides legal support to workers, who are not captured by traditional unions, on organizing efforts. Prior to moving to New York, he worked in Employment Law compliance for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Cristobal holds an LLM from NYU, a Masters on Employment and Social Security Law from University of Valencia, and a Law degree from University of Chile.

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).

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. 

Lily Hawkins is an organizer in Maryland with Food & Water Watch, a national organization that mobilizes people to win a fair and livable future. She works to move Maryland rapidly to clean energy, and fights factory farming and the bad actions of the poultry industry on the Eastern Shore. She’s here today representing Marylanders for Food and Farm Worker Protection, a broad, diverse coalition that uses advocacy, grassroots organizing, and public education to win basic health and safety rights and protections for the poultry workers, crab pickers, and field workers rendered vulnerable by our industrialized food system.

Beau Haynes has represented low-wage workers in state and federal court since graduating from the University of Washington School of Law in 2011.  He practiced at the law firm Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC until 2014, when he began working with David Mark and the Washington Wage Claim Project. While in law school, he worked as a Laurel Rubin Farmworker fellow at Columbia Legal Services, and a Peggy Browning fellow at the National Employment Law Project in Seattle. He also served as an extern for Judge Ricardo Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.  He is fluent in Spanish. 

Benjamin Hoffman first joined EarthRights in 2011, spending three years in the Amazon office in Lima, Peru, providing litigation support to communities from the Andean-Amazonian region resisting the harmful consequences of resource extraction and mega-development projects. Through this work, Benjamin contributed to EarthRights’ goal of better integrating community collaboration and co-empowerment in human rights advocacy strategies and methodology; he is the co-author of several law review articles on the topic. He then worked for five years co-teaching the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic, continuing his work to disrupt global corporate-community power imbalances in the business and human rights field, including in the context of workers’ rights advocacy. For his contributions to the law school, he received the 2016 Faculty Honors Award from the Columbia Society of International Law. In 2019, Benjamin rejoined EarthRights as a Supervising Attorney.  Benjamin received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership for his work in the area of human rights. While in law school, he worked with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, as an Ella Baker Fellow with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and as a human rights fellow with the Colombian NGO DeJuSticia. He is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia.

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.

Miranda Huber is currently an Associate Attorney at Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, P.C. Before joining, Miranda was the Legal Director at Raise the Floor Alliance where she mentored Peggy Browning Fellows. She is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Peggy Browning Alum.

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 (www.lawatthemargins.com). Huq has devoted her entire professional career to public service focusing on issues impacting low-income New Yorkers, workers in Bangladesh, and human rights issue related to South Asia. In2014, 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, for which she received a New American Heroes award from the New American Leaders Project.  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, as a Skadden Fellow, and as the first staff attorney to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a multi-ethnic, immigrant and worker led labor organization.   In 2019, she was awarded the Access to Justice Leadership Award by the South Asian Bar Association of New York, and in 2020 was the Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellowship awarded to nationally recognized public interest leaders.  She has twice been invited as a keynote speaker at the Princeton Prize in Racial Relations Symposium in 2016 and 2017.  In 2021, she was appointed as an Advisory Member to the Franklin Williams Judicial Commission in New York State. She regularly conducts trainings on diversity, equity and inclusion for legal professionals and judges.  Huq is a contributor to an edited volume titled, Labor, Global Supply Chains and the Garment Industry in South Asia; the anthology Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality (Ed. Sarah Husain; Seal Press 2006), author of, The War on Terror on Muslim Women and Girls: Forging Transformative Solidarities (Scholar and Feminist Online), co-author of “Laying the Groundwork for Post 9-11 Alliances: Reflections Ten Years Later on Desis and Organizing” (Asian American Literary Review, Volume 2, Issue 1.5, Fall 2011), and has authored Op-Eds in Al Jazeera, Huffington Post and Daily Star, the largest English daily in Bangladesh.  She has produced two short documentaries on her work in Bangladesh called Sramik Awaaz: Workers Voices, and a video on Bangladeshi women organizing in New York called Naree Shongotok. She has created a digital archive of her work on tea workers in Bangladesh called Chai Justice (https://chaijustice.com/)

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.

Lerae Kroon is Lead Advocacy Attorney at Justice at Work Pennsylvania. Her direct casework is focused on wage theft, labor trafficking and other employment-related issues for low-wage and migrant workers. She also works alongside advocates on the state and national level on issues affecting low-wage workers, including temporary visa programs, language access, health and safety, and immigration services fraud. Prior to joining JAW, she practiced civil legal aid as a medical-legal attorney for families at Boston Children’s Hospital and an immigration attorney in central Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Jay Kucia is a lifelong Mississippian who has lived in the Jackson Metro for as long as he can remember. Jay graduated from Jackson Academy in 2012 and Mississippi College in 2017. In 2020, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law where he served as a civil rights research assistant and founded the Mississippi Workplace Law Society. Working with the firm since 2019, Jay concentrates on equal employment opportunity cases and the fight for workers’ civil rights. Jay is also a member of the Labor and Employment section of the Mississippi Bar and the National Employment Lawyers Association. Jay is currently pursuing a master’s degree in political science so that he can better advocate for workers’ rights in and out of the courts.

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.

Dawn Lee has been an Associate General Counsel at AFSCME since 2018.  Her areas of practice include election law, ethics and lobbying, and tax-exempt organizations.  She advises AFSCME on its federal and state political programs and its advocacy work.  She additionally assists with various litigation matters, including First Amendment issues.  Prior to joining AFSCME, she was an associate for Wallace & Nordan, LLP in Raleigh, North Carolina.  In this capacity, she specialized in election law, tax exempt organizations, and commercial litigation.  She advised clients in lobbying and campaign finance compliance, business contract, and the incorporation of entities.  Her litigation practice was concentrated in business tort and contract.

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.

Alex Leenson is an in–house Staff Attorney for the California School Employees Association (CSEA) where he represents classified school district employees in all matters of labor relations. Prior to working for CSEA, he held in-house staff attorney positions with the New York State United Teachers and Unite HERE Local 2. Prior to law school, he worked on a variety of labor and political campaigns and worked as an organizer, researcher, and field representative for multiple labor unions, including the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United, the Caregiver and Healthcare Employees Union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, and Unite HERE Local 2.

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.

Sheila Maddali (she/her) is the daughter of South Asian immigrants and began organizing as a teenager when her community was targeted by post-9/11 racial profiling and immigration enforcement. She has been involved in the struggle for racial and economic justice for nearly two decades in a variety of roles, ranging from street canvasser to legal counsel. For the past decade her work has focused on the intersection of law and organizing. Prior to working as the Executive Director of National Legal Advocacy Network (NLAN), Sheila served as the Director of Law & Organizing at the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and before that she practiced immigration law and organized around immigrant detention, prison expansion, and sex workers rights.

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.

Linelle S. Mogado is Senior Counsel at Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), representing over 9,000 pilots nationwide. Linelle was active in the labor movement before law school and began her career at Weinberg, Roger and Rosenfeld.  She has practiced labor law in Canada and California, at unions representing workers in the hospitality industry, health care, and in federal government. She did her PBF fellowship at Greater Boston Legal Services in the Employment Unit. Linelle earned her JD from Northeastern University School of Law and her B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in Canada. 

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.

Mayoung Nham has been working with defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans, health and welfare plans, and training plans since graduating law school in 2007. Her experience includes advising clients on all aspects of employee benefits law, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Internal Revenue Code, the Affordable Care Act, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Ms. Nham received her law degree from the George Washington University School of Law in 2007 and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Policy Studies and French Studies from Duke University in 2004. 

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.

Militza M. Pagán advocates for low-wage workers with a focus on domestic workers through litigation, policy advocacy, and technical legal assistance to worker centers and other worker-led organizations. Militza Pagán originally joined the Shriver Center in 2017 as a Skadden Foundation Fellow. During law school, Militza externed for Chief Judge Rubén Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and was a Peggy Browning Fund Fellow at Raise the Floor Alliance. Before law school, Militza was Deputy Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and an AmeriCorps Fellow at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Militza received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent School of Law. She currently sits on the Public Interest Law Initiative Alumni Network Council.

Cassie Peabody is an associate attorney at the union-side labor law firm Neyhart, Anderson, Flynn & Grosboll, in San Francisco, California. Prior to Neyhart, Cassie worked as an advocate on behalf of non-union janitors, domestic workers, restaurant workers, and airport workers in communities across the U.S and beyond. She was a PBF fellow at Neyhart summer of 2017. Cassie is a midwesterner, is committed to the struggles and joys that exist at the intersection of labor and racial justice, and is always navigating how to be a woman in the labor movement. She also really loves books.

Mark Gaston Pearce is an arbitrator, visiting professor 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 during the Obama administration.  He is currently, by appointment of President Biden, a member of the Federal Service Impasse Panel of the FLRA.  Prior to assuming his position at Georgetown, Mr. Pearce was a visiting senior scholar and Lecturer at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations and founding partner of Creighton, Pearce, Johnsen & Giroux. He 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.

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.

Bliss Requa-Trautz is the Executive Director of Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center. She brings more than a decade of experience in community organizing around issues of economic justice, immigrant justice, and education. She holds Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Labor Studies Certificate from the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Labor Studies and Worker Education at City University of New York.The Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center unites day laborers, domestic workers, immigrant workers and low wage workers to defend their rights, fight for dignity and win justice for all. Our mission is to inform, empower, and organize immigrant led efforts towards equality, economic justice and social and political inclusion.

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.

Sarah Ruhlen (she/her) is admitted to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania. She currently serves as co-chair of the EEO Committee of the NYSBA Labor and Employment Law Section; additionally she is a member of the AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance, the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, the Onondaga County Bar Association, and the New York State Women’s Bar Association, Central New York chapter. Ms. Ruhlen represents Employees in race, sex, religion, national origin, color, age, disability, sexual orientation, TGNC, and other discrimination claims, as well as wage and hour, family leave, severance, non-competes, and other employment matters. She works with private and public sector unions in the healthcare, public safety, education, transportation, and other industries. Ms. Ruhlen is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law (2011), where she earned a joint JD/MPA degree, specializing in Public Sector Labor Law. She is an alumna of both the Peggy Browning Fellowship Program and the AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer.

Gillian Santos is Assistant Counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), where she represents federal government employees in all aspects of collective bargaining across the country. She has extensive labor experience having served as both in-house and outside counsel to both public and private sector unions and multi-employer benefit funds in matters arising under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, and other laws. She has also successfully litigated numerous labor and employment matters before the courts, government agencies, and arbitrators. Outside of her practice, Gillian spends much of her time giving back to law students and the community. She is a coach of the Howard University School of Law’s National Moot Court Team, serves as co-instructor of the AFL-CIO-‘s minority outreach program workshops, and is on the Board of a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring and rehabilitating disabled individuals for work readiness and preparedness. Gillian is also active in politics and served as Voter Protection Fellow for the 2020 Biden-Harris Presidential Campaign. Gillian is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and Penn State University.

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.

Bart Sheard is a legislative representative for the AFL-CIO where he advocates for workers on capitol hill. Prior to joining the AFL-CIO, Bart worked at the union-side law firm Sherman Dunn in Washington, D.C. representing unions and workers before the National Labor Relations Board and federal courts. Bart also served as Labor Counsel to U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. He is a 2015 graduate of the George Washington University Law School.

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 35 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 32 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. In March of 2019, she was awarded the Foundation Award from the Illinois Human Rights Commission -IHRC-, to honor her commitment in promoting and cultivating women’s rights, freedom, and achievement in Illinois. In 2020 Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health publicly recognized her as Illinois COVID-19 Ambassadors for her efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by promoting and sharing critical information and resources thereby keeping communications across Illinois safe during these challenging times.    Alexandra is dedicated to her craft and is truly committed to improving the working conditions for low-income Latinx workers across Illinois and the USA. She is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English.

Kelley Tyler has been a registered nurse at Mission Hospital in Asheville NC since 1985. She has an Associates Degree and started working on the Orthopedic unit at the hospital, which later became the Trauma Care Unit where she has worked ever since. Throughout her time at the hospital, she experienced the corporatization of a much loved community hospital. When HCA took over a few years ago conditions really began to deteriorate and this is where her organizing story with NNU begins. 

Anthony Tucci is an attorney in the in-house legal department at the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United in Oakland, California.  Anthony was the lead attorney for NNU’s organizing drive of Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, leading to the first union election win at a private-sector hospital in North Carolina, and the largest union election win at any nonunion hospital in the South since 1975.  Before joining NNU, he worked at the union-side firm Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld where he practiced all facets of labor law and worked on the Fight for $15 campaign in Sacramento, California

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.

Jackie Villanueva is second generation Latinx and the proud daughter of a landscaper and factory worker, both Latinx immigrants. Jackie witnessed first-hand the injustices her parents, family members and friends suffered at the hands of their employers.  She is a forceful advocate for working people. and has been helping low-income workers recover their owed minimum wages, overtime, and other compensation for over a decade, first as a paralegal then as an associate at a prominent labor and employment law firm in Chicago who is also one of the co-counsels of FLAP. Her background coupled with her work experience further reinforced her desire to go to law school to become a voice for her community and to stand up for all those in need.

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.

Claudia Williams Hyman is a labor attorney who lives in Memphis, TN. Claudia uses critical analysis, in-depth research methods, community education, and person-centered legal representation to protect and expand the rights of individuals and communities historically marginalized. After law school, Claudia was a law fellow at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Claudia was a judicial law clerk with the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. She obtained a J.D. from Howard University School of Law, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Memphis, and a B.A. in Sociology and Africana Studies from Bowdoin College. She is currently an Associate Attorney with Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt in Seattle, WA.

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.

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