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(L to R) Chair of Higgs Fletcher & Mack's Diversity Committee Susan Hack, Student Thomas Wang, and  Higgs Fletcher & Mack Diversity Committee Member Rahil Swigart '03

(L to R) Chair of Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s Diversity Committee Susan Hack, Student Thomas Wang, and Higgs Fletcher & Mack Diversity Committee Member Rahil Swigart ’03

The San Diego-based law firm Higgs Fletcher & Mack recently awarded a $3,500 Diversity Scholarship to second-year student Thomas Wang for his dedication to promoting diversity, helping others assimilate, and his passion for breaking down unfair social stigmas.

The Higgs Fletcher & Mack Diversity Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate ethical and/or civic leadership, as well as a commitment to providing services to underrepresented groups in the community. Wang, who is an Asian Immigrant, is a member of the Pan Asian Lawyer Association, the Chinese Attorney Law Association, and currently works as an intern at the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office.

“This scholarship is particularly special because it is made possible by the generous contributions from the firm itself and several Higgs attorneys–not only California Western alumni but non-alumni as well. It is great to see our firm extend a hand to a deserving student,” said Rahil Swigart ’03, a member of the Higgs Fletcher & Mack Diversity Committee.

Founded in 1939, Higgs Fletcher & Mack is San Diego’s oldest full-service law firm. The firm is proud to be an original signatory to The San Diego County Bar Association’s Diversity Pledge, and continues to be a leader in workplace diversity efforts and a strong supporter of professional development in the legal community.

Student to Advocate for Workers’ Rights During Summer Fellowship

Also last week, the Peggy Browning Fund awarded a 10-week fellowship to second year student Alexis Olbrei, who will spend her summer working with New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) in New York, N.Y.

Selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants, Olbrei believes the right to dignity in the workplace is fundamental, and hopes to fight social injustice through the practice of labor-side advocacy. As the daughter of Communications Workers of America and Transport Workers Union members, Alexis’ developed an appreciation for the power of workers as a collective early on in life. Prior to attending law school, she taught at New York City public schools and was a proud member of the United Federation of Teachers. During law school, she has interned at AFSCME Local 127 and the Employee Rights Center, a San Diego non-profit focused on workplace and immigration rights.

The Peggy Browning Fund is a not for-profit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from 1994 until 1997.  Peggy Browning Fellowships provide law students with unique, diverse and challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice.

Please join us in congratulating students Thomas Wang and Alexis Olbrei for their recent honors, and in thanking Higgs Fletcher & Mack and the Peggy Brown Fund for helping to support diversity and workers’ rights locally and nationally.

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