Maine Law student awarded prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship

John Fogarty'19 The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to John Fogarty, a rising 2L student at the University of Maine School of Law. John will spend the fellowship working at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 19 in Philadelphia, PA. The application process is highly competitive, and the award is a tribute to his outstanding qualifications.

In 2017, the Peggy Browning Fund will support over 80 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. Securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task, with nearly 400 applicants this year competing for the honor. 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 their previous educational, work, volunteer, and personal experiences. John certainly fits this description.

Growing up in a Union household, John had first-hand experience with the impact unions have on families. The values and ideals of the Sheet Metal Workers Union were instilled in John from a young age by his father, a 28-year member of Local 27. With the guidance of these principles, John received his B.A. in History from Villanova University. After his time at Villanova, John went on to receive his M.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Long Island University, Brooklyn. John serves as the 1L SBA Class Representative, an Admissions Fellow, and participates in other groups at Maine Law. John hopes to use this experience to gain the knowledge and tools to ensure union workers are afforded safe and fair working conditions while their families are able to enjoy a high quality of life.

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 until 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.