Detroit Mercy Law Student Receives Peggy Browning Fellowship

June 29, 2021

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law student Benjamin Christensen ’22 received a 2021 Peggy Browning Fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund. Christensen is one of 80 fellows who were chosen to receive the fellowship from over 700 applications.  

Peggy Browning Fellowships provide law students with unique, diverse, and challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice. Fellows excel academically and demonstrate a commitment to workers’ rights through their educational, work, volunteer, and personal experiences. 

Christensen served as a junior member of the Detroit Mercy Law Review during the 2020-2021 year and will serve as the Managing Editor for the 2021-2022 year.  

This summer, Christensen will work at the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing advocacy and support to poor and working people on important societal issues. He will help with a variety of workers’ rights cases, including unemployment and discrimination cases.  

“I have admired Sugar Law’s work for a long time. I reached out to Sugar Law about summer internship opportunities, and they recommended that I apply for the Peggy Browning Fellowship,” explained Christensen.   

“I plan to be a movement lawyer for some years and then hopefully open a small firm. I want to promote social and economic justice in whatever I do.”