The visit’s purpose was to understand the human rights concerns related to operations of private militias, as well as private military and private security contractors.
Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2013 - The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Zubin Soleimany, a second year student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Zubin will spend the fellowship working at Levy Ratner, P.C. in New York, NY. 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. Zubin Soleimany is no exception.
Zubin earned an undergraduate degree from Bennington College, and a MA in Literature from CUNY-Hunter College. Prior to law school, he worked as a substitute teacher, a taxi driver, and an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College, teaching courses on American literature, medieval literature and expository writing. He is currently a member of the Organizing Committee of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance where he organizes fellow cabdrivers and is working to reform the administrative court system for New York taxi drivers. He spent last summer interning in the Worker’s Rights and Benefits Unit at South Brooklyn Legal Services. “I’m interested in the labor movement because, in my own working life, I’ve seen that all workers, no matter who their boss is, or how much prestige their job commands, need vigorous advocacy to get a fair shake,” said Zubin. He is interested in pursuing legal advocacy that supports the organization of nontraditional workers.
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.