Second-Year Law Student Wutchiett Awarded Browning Fellowship to Address Workers' Rights in D.C.

Katie Wutchiett, class of 2015

Second-year law student Katie Wutchiett has won a prestigious national fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund. 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.

Through her 10-week fellowship, Wutchiett will work for the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) Washington, D.C., office. SEIU helps workers in healthcare, property services, and public services to unionize, with a broader goal of helping the poor and middle class and promoting economic equality.

“I am honored to receive a Peggy Browning Fellowship, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work for SEIU this summer,” Wutchiett says, adding that her duties will include legal research, memo drafting, and working with attorneys on pending litigation. “I know it will be a wonderful experience.”

During her first year of law school, Wutchiett participated in negotiation and client counseling skills programs and worked as a research assistant for David Becker, the Joseph H. Zumbalen Professor Emeritus of the Law of Property. She is active at the law school as the community outreach chair for the Women’s Law Caucus, deputy vice president of the Labor and Employment Law Society, and articles editor for the Washington University Law Review. A finalist in the Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition, Wutchiett is also active in the Public Interest Law Society. She recently completed direct client work through the Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic.

Before law school, Wutchiett worked with Vote Yes MN, a campaign to create new funding for protecting the environment and promoting the arts in Minnesota. Also as an undergraduate, she traveled to India to research women’s roles in local government, eventually co-authoring a chapter of a book explaining how governments can better institute reservations that benefit underrepresented groups.

Previous Peggy Browning Fund recipients at Washington University School of Law include Angela Heverling, JD ’07; Daniel Kuehnert, JD ’08; Tobias Gillett, JD ’11; and Lisa Manson, JD ’12.

The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994 until 1997.

By Timothy J. Fox, Spring 2014