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Wayne Law student awarded labor law fellowship

April 30, 2014

Carrie Floyd, a second-year Wayne State University Law School student, has been awarded a Peggy Browning Fund labor law fellowship.

Floyd, an Ann Arbor resident, will spend 10 weeks this summer working at the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America in Detroit.

The application process for the fellowship from the Philadelphia-based fund is highly competitive. Floyd was among 70 fellowship winners nationwide chosen out of hundreds of applicants from more than 140 participating law schools.

The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit organization established in memory of prominent union-side labor attorney Margaret A. Browning, who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994 to 1997.

According to the fund, Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school but who also have demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences.

Floyd earned her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and master of social work degree from the University of Michigan before attending Wayne Law. She has worked with migrant workers in southwest Virginia, and, after graduate school, worked at the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce to develop programs, policies and training to support transitioning workers. She also worked as a law clerk for Legal Services for South Central Michigan to help low-income residents receive public benefits.

She chose Wayne Law to further her ability to have an impact on workers’ issues and equal justice.

“Wayne Law offers unique opportunities in civil rights education and public-interest law,” Floyd said. “Wayne Law’s location and civil rights focus provides a curriculum that focuses on the issues I care about. I am particularly interested in issues related to low- and middle-income workers, including training and education for a new economy, economic justice, the intersection of work and public benefits and policy change for low-income workers.”

Floyd, who is assistant editor of The Wayne Law Review and a teaching assistant for Civil Procedure and Criminal Law, was among the Wayne Law students who participated in the law school’s Civil Rights Law and Legal History Spring Break Trip 2014 – a trip to the American South to meet with some of the country’s leading civil rights attorneys.

Floyd said the trip was her favorite law school experience to date. “It reminded me of why I came to law school and the work that we have to do to ensure that everyone has equal access to justice.”

Photo: Carrie Floyd

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