Law Student Awarded Prestigious Labor Law Fellowship

July 15, 2021

The Peggy Browning Fund recognizes Kenneth Revoredo, L’23

Kenneth Revoredo, L’23, came to law school with a passion for workers’ rights. In his time as a paralegal at an immigration law firm in the years leading up to his enrollment at Richmond Law, he saw struggles in power dynamics between employer and employee. “Observing those experiences, as well as those of my immigrant family members and my own lived experiences … I became cognizant of how much work needs to be done in the field of labor,” said Revoredo. 

Today, he’s taking a deep dive into the labor law field thanks to a prestigious Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship. Awarded to just 80 students out of a field of 700 applicants, the fellowship provides a summer of funding to equip a law student to pursue an unpaid internship that supports workplace justice. Revoredo is spending his fellowship summer as an intern with the Strategic Organizing Center, a coalition of labor unions based out of Washington, D.C. The organization “leads campaigns that specifically try to pressure larger employers to … improve the conditions for their workforce,” Revoredo explained.

Much of his time spent on the job involves legal research and writing to inform some of the organization’s initiatives – like “Primed for Pain,” a report that draws attention to workplace injuries at Amazon. This type of work has brought the field of labor law more alive for Revoredo. “As a person who did come to law school particularly because of the desire to help out in social causes, a lot of times the procedural elements of everything can feel like they miss the point, can bog everything down,” he said.  But by “seeing the ways in which those procedural elements can be used to achieve concrete wins for people on the ground,” Revoredo has been better able to see success stories coming out of the intersection between the judicial system, policy, and social change.

The experience has only grown his interest in pursuing a career in the worker’s rights side of the labor law field. “It’s a good place for people to make an impact and do a lot of work that’s really important,” said Revoredo.