Students and graduates of the Law School are well represented at
major management, union, and employee rights law firms throughout
the nation. They also hold positions in government agencies and
elsewhere in the public sector. Preparing students to engage in
beneficial and rewarding work in labor and employment law is the
hub and heart of the Center’s mission. To meet this goal, the
Center strives to expand on scholarship opportunities generously
provided by the Law School’s graduates over the years.
The Law School’s labor and employment law scholarships
- The Dorothy Day Scholarship – Underwritten substantially by
Robert J. Nobile ’84, a senior partner at Seyfarth Shaw, this
partial tuition merit scholarship is awarded to an entering
first-year student who has demonstrated excellence in labor and
employment study, employment, internship and service before
entering law school.
- The Alan Becker Memorial Scholarship – Initiated by Craig
Roberts ’97, Ana Shields ’03, and Christopher Valentino ’00 of
Jackson Lewis, this scholarship is awarded each fall to an
outstanding second-year student intent on a career in labor and
- The Boyd Scholarship – Funded through the generosity of Patrick
Boyd ’00, senior partner of the Boyd Law Group, this scholarship
supports the summer employment of a law student committed to
- The Coca-Cola Enterprises Scholarship for Excellence in Labor
and Employment Law - Through the leadership of Steve Johnson ’00
and Michael R. Van Aken ’99, this scholarship funds summer
employment with the corporate labor and human resources functions
of Coca-Cola Enterprises.
- The Pedretti Scholarship – Mark Pedretti ’92, a New
York-based partner at Reed Smith, inaugurated this scholarship to
support the work of a Junior Fellow at the Center.
Scholarships like these help St. John’s law students excel in
their chosen field of labor and employment law. Student fellowships
and competitions provide other avenues for success in the field.
Here are some recent student achievements:
- Andrea Andrade ’11 and Rob Recckia ’11 won prestigious Peggy
Browning Fellowships. Andrea will spend the summer working with the
Office of the General Counsel of the Teamsters Union and Rob will
work with the General Counsel of the Communication Workers Union,
both in Washington, D.C. In 2009, St. John’s students won four
Peggy Brown Fellowships, more than any other law school in the
- Joseph Canovas ’08 recently concluded his prestigious AFL-CIO
Fellowship with the General Counsel of the AFL-CIO in Washington,
D.C. and is now Associate General Counsel for a major labor union
in New York.
- Patrick McMurray ’02, a Dorothy Day Scholar, won first prize in
the annual writing competition sponsored by the New York State Bar
Association Labor and Employment Law Section as a first-year
student and again as a third year. After several years with
Seyfarth Shaw, he is now labor and employment counsel to the U.S.
- Devin Sullivan ’10, President of the Labor Relations and
Employment Law Society in 2009-2010, won the 2010 first prize law
student service award presented by the New York State Bar
Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.
- Dayna Tann ‘10, won third prize in the 2010 writing
competition sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Labor
and Employment Law Section
contact us to learn more about the many student opportunities
offered through the Center for Labor and Employment. We also
welcome your inquiries about the ways in which you can help the
Center provide these opportunities.