First Year Student Alex Leenson Awarded Peggy
April 17, 2013
Alex Leenson 1L was recently awarded the prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship, a 10-week summer position in which he will work at UNITE HERE Local 2, in San Francisco.
Browning Fellowships identify law students fighting for social and economic
justice, and support experiences that inspire them to pursue careers in public
interest labor law.Peggy
Browning fellows are distinguished students who are not only excelling in law
school but also demonstrate their commitment to workers’ rights through their
previous educational, work, volunteer, and personal experiences. Leenson is one
of 70 recipients of this fellowship nationwide this year.
After graduating in 2008 from UC Davis, Leenson participated
in the UC Berkeley Labor Center's Organizing Summer internship program. Through
that program he worked at the California Nurses’ Association/National Nurses
United (CNA), where he was subsequently hired as a national organizer in
Chicago. During his time with the CNA, Leenson worked on campaigns for union
recognition, new contract negotiations, grassroots outreach, and lobbying on
political and community issues in California, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas,
After working with the CNA, Leenson returned to the Bay Area
where he was a community organizer with La Peña Cultural/Community Center, and an
organizer and researcher for the National Union of Healthcare Workers. Upon
graduation from USF School of Law, Leenson plans to focus on the protection and
expansion of organizing rights for workers.
"Power does not
concede without a demand,” Leenson said. “The Peggy Browning Fellowship is
incredibly important to me and other future worker advocates because it allows
us to gain hands-on experience creating and forcing change for the benefit of
working people. I am excited to be able to empower workers through collective
struggle and assist them in their campaigns for union recognition."