University of Arizona Law rising third-year student Caleb Gallus has been awarded with a Peggy Browning Fellowship, allowing him to work at Justice at Work this summer in Boston, MA, supporting the organizing efforts of immigrant workers centers in southern New England.
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. 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.
The Peggy Browning Fellowship was awarded to 80 fellows this summer, from almost 700 applicants who competed for the honor. 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.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to be the Peggy Browning Fellow at Justice at Work in Boston, MA this summer because it allows me to continue my lifelong commitment to social movements,” said Gallus.
Before law school, Gallus spent over a decade working as a bicycle mechanic in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Starting at age 13, he held low-wage grocery and convenience store jobs, working alongside immigrants from Central America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. As a high school student, Gallus organized a student walkout against the second Iraq War and has been active in social movements since. During his time as an undergraduate student, he organized with the Industrial Workers of the World and interned with Argentina’s worker-occupied factory movement. After graduating, he organized against police brutality, with the Occupy movement, and alongside the Black Lives Matter movement. Last summer, Gallus was interning with the Amistad Law Project in Philadelphia during the tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and civil movements that followed.
“I fundamentally believe that it is workers themselves who can, and must, lead the struggle to change their workplace,” said Gallus. “Justice at Work shares this belief. I'm excited to learn from attorneys who understand how to support, but not lead, workers fighting to reshape the world.”
Learn more about the Peggy Browning Fund by visiting www.peggybrowningfund.org.