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2019 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies Recipient — Tom Garrity

Tom Garrity, who will soon enter his third year at the University of Michigan Law School, is committed to fighting for workers’ rights. As a life-long sports fan and an aspiring advocate for athletes, the Buffalo native was honored to be among the recipients of this year’s Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies. After spending the summer after his first year in law school as a Peggy Browning Fellow with the New York State United Teachers in Albany, NY, planned to spend this summer at Levy Ratner. P.C. in New York City. At Michigan Law, Tom is a Comment Editor for the Journal of Law Reform, an Office Manager for the Unemployment Insurance Clinic, and captain of the Law School Hockey Team. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in History from SUNY Geneseo.

To be eligible for the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, applicants must be Graduate or Law Students enrolled in accredited educational institutions in the United States or Canada and must have a demonstrated interest in, and wish to pursue a career working in the labor movement on behalf of workers’ rights.  To receive an award, eligible candidates must meet a combination of criteria:

  • A superior academic record
  • A demonstrable commitment to the labor movement
  • A strong recommendation from an academic or a labor/workers’ rights practitioner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preference also is given to those who can demonstrate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) scores or otherwise.

The scholarship application for the 2020 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies will be posted later this year, at