Ben Lewis 3L and Ian Seruelo 1L will represent Thomas Jefferson School of Law at The Peggy Browning Fund’s Fourteenth Annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (just outside Baltimore, MD) on October 12 – 13, 2012. Both students exemplify a strong commitment to public interest law and workplace justice, and will join other conference participants from law schools across the country.
“I am excited that I was selected,” said Seruelo. “This workers' rights conference is a great opportunity and I look forward to having a deeper understanding of issues facing American and foreign workers and learning how I can be a more effective advocate for labor.”
The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit organization named after a prominent labor attorney and vigorous supporter of workers’ rights.
“I am honored by the invitation to attend the Workers’ Rights Conference,” says Lewis. “I was chosen based on my level of interest and prior experience in labor and employment law. I worked for a nonprofit employment rehab center several years ago and I have always been interested in workplace rights and employment law.” Lewis recently completed an internship with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC) in Baltimore, where he worked on the research and analysis of three federal employee claims, as well as serving as a certified legal intern with TJSL’s Small Business Law Clinic.
Seruelo has extensive experience advocating for workers and marginalized populations through journalism and research with other public interest organizations in the Philippines. Now, as a Liaison Officer with the Philippine-based Labor Party, he is working with Filipino migrant workers here in the U.S. who are victims of fraudulent recruitment schemes.
“It is an honor to represent TJSL in a gathering of students from different law schools all over the country,” says Seruelo.
The keynote speaker at this year’s conference is Mr. Craig Becker, General Counsel of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The trip is being funded by TJSL and the Peggy Browning Fund. For more information about The Peggy Browning Fund, please visit www.peggybrowningfund.org or contact Maysa Eissa, Esq. in Career Services.