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KU law student receives competitive national labor law fellowship

Monday, April 23, 2018

Elliott Brewer

LAWRENCE – University of Kansas law student Elliott Brewer will spend the summer in Washington, D.C., advocating for workers’ rights as the recipient of a prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship.

Brewer, from Parsons, is a second-year law student who aspires to a career as an international labor law attorney. He studied social welfare and philosophy at KU and served as a labor law research intern at Verité, where he contributed to a report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor on forced labor in the Malaysian electronics industry.

Brewer will work at the International Labor Rights Forum this summer through the 10-week fellowship awarded by the Peggy Browning Fund. He is one of about 80 students selected from more than 400 applicants for the highly competitive program.

“I am very excited to be in Washington, D.C., this summer,” Brewer said. “The fellowship is relevant to my career interests and will expand my understanding of both international and domestic law.”

Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have excelled in law school and demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences.

Brewer is a legal intern for the Corporate Accountability Lab and a staff editor on the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy. Part of his role at the International Labor Rights Forum this summer will be assisting the organization in using Section 307 of the U.S. Tariff Act to block the importation of goods produced with forced labor, child labor or convict labor. His article on that subject, “Closed Loophole: Investigating Forced Labor in Corporate Supply Chains Following the Repeal of the Consumptive Demand Exception,” will appear in the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy later this year.

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. 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.