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Two UI Law Students Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship

April 20, 2017

Two students in the University of Idaho College of Law have been awarded 10-week summer fellowships from the highly competitive Peggy Browning Fund. Second-year student — Chase Phillips and first-year student Katharine Wongmankitkan will take part in the fellowships this summer.

Peggy Browning fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences. Of the 400 applications received for the honor this year, the Peggy Browning Fund supports about 80 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide.

Phillips, of Rigby, Idaho, will serve his fellowship at Mehri & Skalet, PLLC in Washington, D.C. Phillips first became interested in workers’ rights while studying African and African-American history. After researching the effects of economic sanctions by the United States against apartheid South Africa, he interned in South Africa with the Steve Biko Foundation, which focuses on Black Community Programs, community development, and empowerment. Encouraged by meeting with numerous civil rights participants and leaders, he decided to pursue a law degree to combat inequalities through the law. In law school, Phillips is an active member of the Black Law Student Association, the Multicultural Law Caucus, and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Wongmankitkan’s, of Twin Falls, Idaho, fellowship will take place at National Domestic Workers Alliance in Oakland, California. Wongmankitkan is a UI alumna with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies with an emphasis in international relations, Latin America and Spanish. During her undergraduate studies, she developed a deep interest in law while learning about political, social and economic issues that affect the different legal systems of the world. As a first-generation Thai-American and college student, the inspiration of her parents’ hard work and determination drives her to reach her highest potential. Wongmankitkan’s mother immigrated to the United States from Thailand in pursuit of her American dream to own a small business. Wongmankitkan says her mother’s experiences are “a motivational flame to give back to others and capitalize on opportunities to seize my own dreams.”

The Peggy Browning Fund is a not-for-profit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from 1994 to 1997. Peggy Browning Fellowships provide law students with unique, diverse and challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice. These experiences encourage and inspire students to pursue careers in public interest labor law.

To learn more visit www.peggybrowningfund.org.

Media Contacts:
Cara Hawkins-Jedlicka
Marketing and Communications Manager, College of Law
University of Idaho
208-885-7115
cara@uidaho.edu

Mary Anne Moffa
Executive Director
Peggy Browning Fund
267-273-2992
mmoffa@peggybrowningfund.org

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