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Devon Oser and Jessica Monroe Awarded Peggy Browning Fellowships


University of Cincinnati College of Law students Devon N.R. Oser ’12 and Jessica Monroe ’12 are recipients of the prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships. The fellowships provide law students with summer work experience fighting for social and economic justice. Oser will utilize the fellowship to work in the legal department of the IUE-CWA, the Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America, based in Dayton, OH. Monroe will use the fellowship to work at Schwarzwald McNair & Fusco LLP, a full-service union-side labor law firm in Cleveland, OH.

The Peggy Browning Fund will support 60 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. With more than 460 applicants from 125 participating law schools, the fellowship competition is highly competitive. Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school, but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights.

Monroe, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, interned with United States Senator Sherrod Brown’s office in Washington, D.C. while getting her undergraduate degree. It was during this time she developed an interest in workers’ rights. She is a published member of The University of Cincinnati Law Review and co-chairperson of UC Law Women.

Oser, a graduate of the University of Michigan, worked as a research assistant for the College of Law’s Professor Verna Williams. She was awarded the Henry A. Morrill Constitutional Law Prize and serves as the mentoring chairperson of UC Law Women. Prior to law school, she worked professionally as a harpist.

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. The Fund's mission is to provide law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers' rights. Such unique and positive opportunities will both increase students' understanding of workers' needs as well as promote their entry into the practice of public interest labor law.