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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.

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Peggy 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, and Pennsylvania.

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."