McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge Student Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship

April 11, 2019

Consuelo Amezcua, a second-year student at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Consuelo Amezcua, a second-year student at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Consuelo Amezcua, a second-year student at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Consuelo will spend the fellowship working at National Domestic Workers Alliance in Oakland, CA. The application process is highly competitive, and the award is a tribute to her outstanding qualifications.

In 2019, the Peggy Browning Fund will support over 80 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. Securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task, with nearly 450 applicants competing for the honor this year. Peggy Browning 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. Consuelo Amezcua certainly fits this description.

“Receiving this fellowship has been a tremendous honor,” said Consuelo. “As I continue to develop my legal career interests, this fellowship is an encouragement to me educationally and professionally. It gives me encouragement to pursue a legal career in employment law. At the National Domestic Workers Alliance, I will get the invaluable experience of advocating for the rights of domestic workers throughout the United States.”

From a family of immigrants and farmworkers, Consuelo was taught the importance of working to support her family and herself. Before law school, she worked at Citizenship Legal Services in Napa, California gaining experience with issues grape pickers encounter in the workforce, along with assisting immigrants to understand their rights and processing their immigration applications. She also has community outreach experience in presenting Know Your Rights forums for immigrant workers at wineries and warehouses.

These experiences motivated her to apply to law school and become an advocate working at the intersection of immigration and employment. During her 1L summer, Consuelo developed her interest in labor law from attending an arbitration hearing concerning a unionized employee alleging wrongful termination. Additionally, Consuelo has completed an Employment Law and Statutes and Regulation courses and is currently taking a Labor Law course during her second year. Consuelo is currently the vice president of the Latinx Law Student Association; secretary of the McGeorge International Law Society; and student representative for the American Bar Association.

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 (NLRB) 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.

Consuelo was named the top oral advocate in the annual Global Lawyering skills II Final Four Competition on April 11, 2019. Congratulations!