Noreen Ahmed, a second-year student at Rutgers Law School, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from The Peggy Browning Fund. Ahmed will spend the 10-week summer fellowship working at the National Employment Law Project in New York, NY.
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. Ahmed was one of eighty public interest labor law fellows selected nationwide for the highly competitive program.
"In an era of tremendous exploitation of workers and others from marginalized communities, we are honored that PBF and the National Employment Law Project will continue to cultivate Noreen as an advocate for people who need a voice," said Jill Friedman, Associate Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest.
Ahmed, who grew up in an immigrant and union household in Paterson, New Jersey, aims to use her education and experiences to advocate for and empower disadvantaged workers. As a first-generation college student at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, she honed her skills through the help of mentors and diverse student organizations that cultivated spaces for dialogue on issues that people from marginalized communities face.
As a student at Rutgers Law, Ahmed has interned at the New Jersey Attorney General’s office, served as associate editor for the Rutgers Race and The Law Review, and worked with survivors of abuse at shelters.
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.
"Rutgers Law School is pleased and proud that over the years we have maintained an excellent relationship with the Peggy Browning Fund, and that our students have benefited from the Fund’s on-site workshops, its summer fellowships, and its annual conference," said Friedman.
To learn more about the Peggy Browning Fund, visit peggybrowningfund.org.