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UW School of Law Student Awarded Presigious Peggy Browning Fellowship

PHILADELPHIA - The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Cody Ellis, a second year student at University of Washington School of Law. Cody will spend the fellowship working at National Labor Relations Board, Division of Judges in San Francisco, CA. The application process is highly competitive, and the award was based on his outstanding qualifications.

In 2013, the Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. With more than 500 applicants from 139 participating law schools, securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task. 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. Cody Ellis is no exception.

Cody grew up in a family with numerous members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and is a third-generation longshoreman at the Port of Tacoma himself. He graduated from the University of Washington cum laude where he was a scholarship football player and four-time 1st Team All-Academic Pac-12 selection. At law school he is currently conducting research for a student comment that he will author as a member of the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal. He is also an extern for the Honorable Joel Penoyar at Washington State Court of Appeals Division Two doing intensive research, analysis and writing. Cody is pursuing a career as a union-side labor lawyer because he wants to fight for the American worker.

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.

To learn more about the Peggy Browning Fund, contact Mary Anne Moffa, executive director, by phone at 267-273-2990, ext. 2, by email or visit

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