Law student receives fellowship to work at firm representing unions

May 29, 2013 | News, UToday, Law
By Rachel Phipps



UT law student James Myers has received a 10-week fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund that will enable him to delve deeper into his labor law studies while working at the union-side law firm of Schwarzwald, McNair & Fusco LLP in Cleveland this summer.

“The Peggy Browning Fellowship is a wonderful program, and I am honored to be chosen as a fellow. I hope this summer will be the beginning of a rewarding career in labor law,” Myers said.

After receiving more than 500 applications from 139 participating law schools, the Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide this year.

Myers’ passion for employee rights began early as the son of a union officer in the small farming community of Paulding, Ohio, and his interest increased while he was working in two unionized factories to pay for his undergraduate degree from Miami University.

While at the UT College of Law, Myers has served as an extern at the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals and as an intern with the Toledo Bar Association’s Pro Bono Legal Services Program. He intends to graduate next spring with a certificate of concentration in labor and employment law.

“James is an excellent student, and I’m very happy for him,” said Joseph Slater, the Eugene N. Balk Professor of Law and Values and an expert in labor and employment law. “The Peggy Browning Fund is a terrific organization, and the students who have received fellowships in the past have had very good experiences.”

The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit 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. More information is available at

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