Four Northeastern Law Students Awarded Peggy Browning Fellowships

Four Northeastern Law Students Awarded Peggy Browning Fellowships

05.30.24 — The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to Mattie Bono ’25, Carolyn Felice ’25 , Jordan Jain ’26 and Rose Mendelsohn ’26. The application process is highly competitive and the awards were based on their outstanding qualifications. In 2024, the Peggy Browning Fund will support at least 117 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide, the largest cohort in the organization’s history. Securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task, with over 3,950 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.

Mattie Bono ’25 will be at Women’s Law Projec in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bono learned about meaningful community engagement from her grandparents, both of whom were dedicated civil rights activists. Throughout her life, Bono has always been passionate about the rights of women and LGBTQ+ community members, and—after completing her legal studies—hopes to work at the intersection of gender and workplace equity. Before attending law school, Mattie worked on a variety of projects focused on the advancement of women and girls. Most notably, she taught comprehensive and inclusive sexual health to middle schoolers as part of a grant designed to mitigate adolescent pregnancy in rural counties. As a Peggy Browning Fellow, Bono is excited to build upon her knowledge and experience in advancing workplace equity for all identities at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia.

Carolyn Felice ’25 will be at New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) in Latham, New York. From Owego, New York, Felice is the daughter of a public school teacher and had the privilege of growing up surrounded by a vibrant community of teachers. She is a proud graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo. During her undergraduate studies, she further developed her twin passions for reproductive justice and the labor movement. After graduating, Felice spent a year at Legal Assistance of Western New York as an AmeriCorps paralegal in the re-entry unit. There, she worked with clients at the fraught intersection of employment and criminal law. She then taught English in rural Northern France, where she witnessed multiple teacher strikes. Felice hopes to use her law degree to build people power. She is thrilled to join the legal team as a Peggy Browning Fellow at New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) this summer.

Jordan Jain ’26 will be at United Steelworkers (USW) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University majoring in sociology and international studies, Jain became a higher education organizer in Maryland with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). There, he worked with part-time professors to support them in unionizing their workplaces and improving working conditions at the four largest community colleges in Maryland. After encountering several challenges in organizing, including instances of employer retaliation, he decided to attend law school to gain the legal skills needed to help workers understand their rights and improve their workplace conditions. In law school, he has continued to involve himself in workers’ rights initiatives through his leadership role within the Northeastern Employment & Labor Law Association (NELLA). Jain is excited to continue to advocate for workers as a Peggy Browning Fellow with the United Steelworkers this summer.

Rose Mendelsohn ’26 will be at Justice at Work in Boston. Mendelsohn first joined the labor movement when workers on her undergraduate campus began organizing for better pay and working conditions. After graduation, she moved to Oakland, California, and spent nine years supporting the organizing efforts of child care workers, California State University students, Bay Area racial and economic justice organizations, and movement electoral groups. She is excited to be back in school in her home state and to spend the summer contributing to and learning from the crucial legal and organizing strategies of worker centers across Massachusetts.

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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. Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences through its signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. More than 1,100 employers worldwide in a wide range of legal, government, nonprofit and business organizations participate in the program. With a focus on social justice and innovation, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experiences to successfully practice law.

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