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Jasmine Hassan (1L) Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship

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The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Jasmine Hassan, a first-year student at Southern University Law Center. Jasmine will spend the fellowship working at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice in New Orleans, LA. The application process is highly competitive, and the award is a tribute to her outstanding qualifications.

In 2018, 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 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. Jasmine certainly fits this description.

Jasmine is on the SULC election committee. Before law school, she taught social studies in an alternative school on the South Side of Chicago for three years. A large part of her classroom curriculum involved social justice issues. Many of her students were at-risk youth affected by over policing and the criminalization of communities of color. While teaching, Jasmine coordinated her students’ participation in the Fight for 15 movement. She is interested in law and organizing strategies to address the criminalization of communities of color. She is also interested in immigrant rights, as her father is a Haitian immigrant.

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.

 

Press Release from the Peggy Browning Fund