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Dedication to Advancing Workers’ Rights Wins 2L Megann McManus Peggy Browning Fellowship

April 25, 2013 – 

Megann McManus, a second-year student at Rutgers School of Law–Newark with a demonstrated interest in protecting the rights of employees, has been awarded a 10-week summer fellowship by the Peggy Browning Fund. McManus will spend her fellowship working at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. in New York. 

Megann McManus
Megann McManus, Class of 2014

The application process is highly competitive. In 2013 the Peggy Browning Fund will place nearly 70 law students in public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. The fellows were selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants from 139 participating law schools. Peggy Browning Fellows have not only excelled in law school but have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences. 

A native of southern Arkansas, McManus received her undergraduate degree in theatre from the University of the Ozarks. After graduation she moved to New York City and landed an internship in the Organizing Department of Actors’ Equity Association. Over the next seven years, she worked in various departments at Equity and was ultimately named director of staff development. Along the way she also earned Management Certification from the MIT Sloan School of Management and HR Management Certification from George Washington University.

The summer after her first year at Rutgers Law, McManus interned at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 2. This academic year she has worked as a legal intern for in-house counsel at IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts. 

As for her desire to work for social justice, McManus said: “The near collapse of the U.S. economy in 2008 was completely pivotal for me. Everyone was afraid. I saw employers exploiting workers even more than usual. But I also saw the financial crisis as an opportunity for unions to reemerge an even mightier force for the middle class. I decided to go to law school to be a legal advocate for working people, and I am completely thrilled to have been chosen for a Peggy Browning Fellowship.”

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 from 1994 until 1997.