pfb4.5.18 — The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to Queen Arsem-O’Malley 19, Nicholas Balatsos 19, Keally Cieslik 19 and Alaina Gilchrist 20. The application process is highly competitive and the awards were based on their outstanding qualifications. In 2018, the Peggy Browning Fund will support at least 80 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. Securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task, with over 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.

Arsem-O'MalleyQueen Arsem-O’Malley 19 will spend her fellowship working at the New York State United Teachers in New York. Raised in a progressive political community, Queen has long been interested in issues that intersect with labor. She reported on labor struggles in Canada before moving to New York to organize with the Intern Worker Alliance. Since beginning law school, Queen has been active in National Lawyers' Guild and Huskies Organizing With Labor, a student coalition that supports worker campaigns on campus. In Fall 2017, she interned with UNITE HERE! Local 26, assisting union members with the grievance process. Queen is also an organizer with the Graduate Employees of Northeastern University, fighting for a strong and democratic union for graduate workers at Northeastern and across the country.

BalatsosNicholas Balatsos 19 will be this years’ Peggy Browning Fellow at the Communications Workers of America in Washington, DC. Before law school, Nick worked as a reporter. He chased sirens on the night beat at the Billings Gazette in Montana, covered education and city government for the Casper Star Tribune in Wyoming, reported on a wide range of subjects for a handful of rural weeklies and freelanced. He eventually went to law school. He spent his first summer at a prisoners’ legal aid organization and his second winter clerking for the FLRA-OGC in Boston. Throughout he did housing discrimination testing. Nick learned the importance of workers’ rights from watching his single mother work long hours and multiple jobs as she struggled and sacrificed to raise him and his older brother. Nick believes in a better world, and going forward, he hopes to use his training to empower workers and promote social and economic justice. He is thrilled to be spending the coming summer at Communication Workers of America.

CieslikKeally Cieslik 19 will be this years’ Peggy Browning Fellow at the Fair Work Center in Seattle, WA. Prior to law school, Keally helped create a new public interest law center in Providence, RI, the Rhode Island Center for Justice. As the Director of Community Partnerships, Keally built connections between the legal staff and local community-based organizations, including Jobs with Justice RI and Fuerza Laboral, a workers' center in Central Falls, RI. At Northeastern University School of Law, Keally is a Public Interest Law Scholar and is involved with the Huskies Organizing with Labor (HOWL) Coalition, a student group dedicated to supporting organized dining service workers on campus. She is also participating in the campaign to form a graduate student union at Northeastern University. Last summer Keally was a PBF fellow in the employment law unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, where she focused on unemployment insurance hearings. Most recently, Keally spent three months with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona providing pro se assistance to people in immigration detention.

GilchrestAlaina Gilchrist 20 will spend her fellowship at Gilbert & Sackman in Los Angeles, CA. The daughter of a union janitor, Alaina began her organizing career in Youngstown, Ohio addressing issues related to vacant properties that were left behind from the collapse of steel industry. She then started working for organized labor. Most recently, she served as a field representative for SEIU 32BJ where she organized workers around contract campaigns and represented them at the bargaining table. She is involved with the Northeastern Employment and Labor Law Association on campus and plans on pursuing a career in labor law post-graduation.

About The Peggy Browning Fund

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.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.