Thursday, May 02, 2013

          2L Wins Fellowship to Advocate for Low-Wage Car Wash Workers

          Sample alt tag.
          Michelle Angeles will work this summer to ensure the 10,000 car wash employees in Los Angeles are treated fairly under wage and hour and safety laws.

          2L Michelle Angeles has been awarded one of the prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships to protect the rights of working-class families in Los Angeles.

          Browning Fellowship law students are awarded stipends and placed at workers rights groups, including private labor firms, federal agencies, and non-profit organizations around the country. Angeles will work at CLEAN Carwash Campaign, which works to enforce wage and hour as well as occupational health and safety laws on behalf of the 10,000 employees in the Southern California car washing industry.

          Angeles follows in the steps of her UC Hastings mentor, Susana Naranjo, a 3L who won the same fellowship last year, and was placed with CLEAN Carwash Campaign. Naranjo currently works as a legal intern at the Agriculture Labor Relations Board in the Salinas Regional Office as part of the UC Hastings Legal Externship Program.

          The daughter of immigrant parents from Arizona, Angeles, 27, came to law school with a passion for immigrant rights. She was drawn to criminal law and employment law, and found she could work in the labor relations and employment field and fulfill her goals to support immigrants. “I found I could create change and be an indirect advocate for immigrants’ rights through other areas of law,” Angeles said.

          Angeles is currently a clerk with Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland, working on wage-and-hour issues and providing legal services to low-wage workers. “As a child of working class immigrant parents, I show gratitude for the sacrifice and struggle my family endured by devoting my life to serve and stand alongside those who share a similar struggle,” Angeles said.

          Her long-term goal is to work at a nonprofit or firm with a “similar passion for serving the social justice issues of the Spanish-speaking and immigrant communities,” she said. At UC Hastings, Angeles is external vice chair of La Raza Law Students Association, and recently organized an alumni event that increased alumni participation and raised about $1,500 for the organization. She serves as the academic chair of the Pilipino American Law Society, and is a staffer on the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal.

          She was also a teaching assistant in the college’s Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP), which provides academic support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. “I am so grateful for LEOP. It gave me the academic and emotional support to meet my personal goals. LEOP has defined my UC Hastings experience. That’s why I take such pride in it. Getting a law degree and becoming a lawyer is a privilege.”

          This year, the Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide, in honor of the memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney who served on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from 1994 to 1997.

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Friday, October 21, 2016

          Innovative gift from tech startup accelerator Hackers/Founders supports UC Hastings Startup Legal Garage

          “It's very often that startups push the boundaries and definitions of laws written decades or centuries earlier," says Hackers/Founders CEO Jonathan Nelson. "Being able to face these issues with a law school that's doing cutting-edge work is invaluable.”
          Tuesday, October 18, 2016

          Tenderloin Community Benefit District Appoints UC Hastings 3L to Board of Directors

          Improving the sidewalks means more than cleaning services, says 3L Peter Stevens, tenants rights advocate and proud Tenderloin resident.
          Monday, October 10, 2016

          2L Briana Desch spearheads new Tenderloin Community Outreach Board for ASUCH

          Student task force dedicated to establishing relationships with the Tenderloin community.
          Monday, October 10, 2016

          Manuel v. City of Joliet: Don’t forget “unreasonable” in the Fourth Amendment

          Analysis by Professor Rory Little
          Friday, October 07, 2016

          Kevin King ’15 finds his voice arguing before the First District Court of Appeal

          "I came to law school to become a social justice advocate and now I’m armed to build a better tomorrow." - Lawyers for America Fellow Kevin King, Class of 2015
          Go to News Archive