Friday, May 6, 2022

Jade Chowning ’24 Receives Peggy Browning Fellowship

Yale Law School student Jade Chowning ’24 has been awarded a summer Peggy Browning Fellowship by the Peggy Browning Fund, which provides law students with experiences fighting for social and economic justice in the field of public interest labor law.

Chowning will spend the fellowship working at Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, D.C. This year, more than 100 Peggy Browning Fellows were chosen from among more than 700 applicants.

Chowning has long been committed to advancing economic and social justice. Throughout college, she facilitated a tutoring group inside of a prison for youth sentenced as adults. She also volunteered as a caseworker, helping community members experiencing homelessness apply for jobs, housing, and benefits. She became interested in addressing the root causes of mass incarceration and, after college, joined a movement lawyering organization called the Detroit Justice Center, where she learned how legal tools can be used to support grassroots organizing.

In law school, Chowning is a member of the Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic and a volunteer with SEIU (Service Employees International Union) District 1199NE. Her ultimate goal is to build the power of workers and all marginalized people, serving as an ally in their endeavors to live better lives and create a fairer society.

The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit organization and was established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney who was a member of the NLRB from 1994 to 1997. In 2022, the Fund will support 100 public interest labor law Fellowships nationwide.