Garcia and Middleton awarded Peggy Browning Fellowships

20 May 2024    

Aurora Garcia and Hannah Middleton headshots

The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded summer fellowships to Aurora Garcia, ’25, and Hannah Middleton, ’26. Garcia, a returning Peggy Browning Fellow, will deepen her understanding of legal advocacy and learn more about the workers’ rights movement through her summer work with Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco. Middleton will work at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) where she will be advocating for policy change that affects workers across the nation.

This year, the Peggy Browning Fund accepted 117 law students into the nationwide fellowship program, the largest cohort in the organization’s history. Securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is a challenging process, with over 3,950 applications for the 2024 program. As the country continues to face unprecedented challenges to workers’ rights, the fight for workplace justice has never been more pressing. This year’s 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, organizing, work, volunteer, and personal experiences.

Raised in the Midwest and a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, Garcia’s interest in labor and employment law—particularly in workers’ rights—developed from her personal experiences. Through her lifelong experiences interpreting for her family, Garcia learned of the unfair discrimination and exploitation that her family and the members of her working-class immigrant community faced at work. After graduating from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Garcia worked for various law firms in Chicago before starting law school. During law school, she has served as a student interpreter for the University of Nebraska College of Law’s Immigration Clinic. She is a member of the Multicultural Legal Society, the Hispanic Law Student Association, and the Equal Justice Society.

Middleton is a first-year student at Nebraska Law, where she is pursuing a concentration in Labor and Employment Litigation. After spending a year with the Nebraska State Employees Union, Middleton decided to pursue her J.D. to further advance worker’s rights. During her time at the State Employees’ Union, she gained meaningful insight into the issues that impact workers daily and found her passion in resolving these issues and making strides to prevent them.

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.