June 27, 2011
Colleen Normile (’13) and Sonya Zehra Mehta (’13) have been awarded 2011 Peggy Browning Fund Fellowships, which provide law students with diverse, challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice. 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.
Colleen Normile is working at the Workplace Project, which aims to end the exploitation of Latino immigrant workers on Long Island and to help them achieve socioeconomic justice through community organizing, legal support, education, leadership development, and building worker cooperatives.
Sonya Zehra Mehta is working at UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco, which some consider one of the most progressive and innovative unions in the nation. It represents approximately 90% of the workers in major hotels in San Francisco. Mehta was formerly a community/labor organizer, then co-director of Young Workers United in San Francisco from 2001 to 2008. She led YWU in passing the first paid sick days law in the country, winning a $4.5 million settlement from the Cheesecake Factory and over $500,000 in back pay for workers.