Prince Senayah, a second-year law student at The University of Toledo College of Law, recently was awarded a 10-week public interest labor law fellowship by the Peggy Browning Fund.
Senayah will spend the summer working at United Auto Workers (UAW) International headquarters in Detroit to write briefs related to ongoing collective bargaining and grievance resolution proceedings, while witnessing and participating in union certification efforts.The fund supports more than 80 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide, and the fellowship application process is highly competitive. Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school, but who also have demonstrated a commitment to workers’ rights through previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences.
Born and raised in Ghana, Senayah earned a bachelor of science degree in land economy from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. At the College of Law, he is pursuing a juris doctor with a certificate of concentration in labor and employment law to explore the correlation between employee rights and access to justice. He quickly developed a passion for worker rights advocacy after discovering the serious effects that workplace-related policies can have on the underprivileged.
Senayah was named a Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Fellow in 2018 and also served as an instructor for the Law and Leadership Institute’s 2018 summer session, where he taught classes to prepare high school students from underserved communities for legal careers.
“I feel prepared to take on the responsibilities that will be assigned to me this summer not just because of the classes I have taken at the College of Law, but also because the attorneys I will be working with under the fellowship are committed to mentoring me,” Senayah said. “It is also reassuring to know professors at the college are so committed to seeing their students excel that I can reach out to them whenever necessary.”
“The Peggy Browning Fellowship is a prestigious award, with students from all over the country competing for jobs with major players in the labor and employment law world,” said Joseph Slater, Distinguished University Professor of Law. “Prince is an excellent student whose hard work, dedication and commitment is obvious in class. He will have the opportunity to work with the legal department of the UAW, one of the most important unions in the country, and I am sure he will do a fantastic job. He is very much deserving of this excellent opportunity.”
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.