UC Hastings students win prestigious Peggy Browning scholarships | UC Hastings Law
Two UC Hastings law students — Maleeha Ghaznavi ’23 and Zoë Grimaldi ’24 — have won prestigious Peggy Browning scholarships and are spending their summers fighting for workers’ rights, at a law firm and in corporate headquarters. ‘a syndicate. The scholarships focused on employment law are highly competitive, attracting 650 applications from students this year.
Ghaznavi works as a legal assistant at Neyhart, Anderson, Flynn & Grosboll in San Francisco, specializing in employment law. There, she researches and drafts legal memos on union-related labor law and trust fund matters, including withdrawal liability, benefits compliance, and wage and hour requirements.
Ghaznavi, a native of Northern California, is deeply committed to community service. Last summer, she volunteered at the San Francisco-based nonprofit Labor Legal Aid Workers’ Rights Clinic. She has also volunteered with the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and Los Angeles County Neighborhood Legal Services. Last spring, she attended the UC Hastings Mediation Clinic, where she gained “insight into the pros and cons of neutrality, particularly in the face of power imbalances between parties.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Ghaznavi worked at a small law firm, which sparked her interest in employment law and led her to pursue a JD at UC Hastings. “With my love for San Francisco and the fact that the school allows me to stay close to home, as well as the school’s emphasis on being close to the community, it suited me just fine,” he said. she stated.
Ghaznavi said she plans to work as a labor plaintiffs lawyer after she graduates next year. “I hope to play my part in equalizing work environments so that workers are not exploited and treated with dignity,” she said. “I’m excited to learn more about employment and labor law this summer.”
The other Peggy Browning Fellow, Grimaldi, spends his summer in Hanover, Maryland, working with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).
His work includes auditing local unions, writing legal memos on immigration and interstate employment contracts, and researching and writing articles on immigrant visas for student workers and violations of national labor rights law. She also drafted motions for a major lawsuit and successfully lobbied the international union to provide free feminine hygiene products to her headquarters, a policy she hopes to expand nationwide. .
During his journey to law school, Grimaldi held a variety of jobs. She has participated in harm reduction and overdose prevention campaigns, served as a liaison between community health centers and medical industry groups, and worked on voter registration drives and political campaigns. “I had the opportunity to work in the private and public sectors for more than five years before deciding that law school would give me the opportunity to make a positive and tangible difference in our country,” he said. she stated.
Grimaldi, originally from San Francisco, plans to work in government regulation or legislation after graduating in 2024. She said: “If we have to live in a world that makes us pay for basic necessities – housing, food , water and education among many others – so I want to make sure everyone can access these necessities and build a comfortable and happy life for themselves and their loved ones. I want to make sure the labor movement achieves these goals by expanding workers’ rights, growing unions, and ensuring that the billionaire class finally pays its fair share. I look forward to tackling these issues as a legal and political advocate.
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