Four first-year students and one second-year student at UCLA School of Law have been awarded prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships in labor law. The annual fellowships provide stipends and summer job placements for students in order to foster fruitful careers in labor law and the public interest.
The UCLA Law fellows — Syed Ali Khan ’19, Daysi Alonzo ’18, J. Morgan Johnson ’19, Ysabel Jurado ’19 and Alexander Scott ’19 — will work at social and economic justice organizations around the country for 10 weeks this summer.
Syed Ali Khan will work at the National Employment Law Project in Seattle, Washington. His studies have examined rules for overtime pay and minimum wages, and the history behind present-day labor issues.
Daysi Alonzo will work at the union-side law firm Murphy Anderson in Washington, D.C. A daughter of Mexican immigrants, she plans to practice law as an advocate for low-wage workers after graduation.
J. Morgan Johnson will work at Gilbert & Sackman in Los Angeles. A former social worker, she focuses on the intersection of workers’ rights, gender and immigration.
Ysabel Jurado will work at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy in Los Angeles. A daughter of undocumented immigrants, she has been a community organizer and policy aide to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Alexander Scott will work at American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 36 in Los Angeles. He previously engaged his passion for workers’ rights as a summer intern and organizer for the labor union UNITE HERE Local 19.
Alonzo and Jurado are students in UCLA Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.
The Peggy Browning Fund — founded in memory of leading union-side attorney Margaret A. Browning, a member of the National Labor Relations Board in the 1990s — receives about 400 applications for more than 80 fellowships each year. It selects “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.”