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UDM law student receives 2021 Peggy Browning Fellowship

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.”


Nessel warns residents about price-gouging, contractor scams and water-damaged vehicles

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning Michigan residents to beware of scam artists and price-gougers who will try to take advantage of desperate home and vehicle owners in the next several days and weeks. Of particular concern are reports of price-gouging by towing companies that have towed cars out of flooded roadways and impounded them – as well as fly-by-night contractors offering to help homeowners clean up after the weekend storms.

Nessel re-issued three consumer alerts related to natural disasters after the department learned of complaints about possible price-gouging by towing companies recovering vehicles that were abandoned during flooding in Southeast Michigan. There are hundreds of abandoned vehicles through Southeast Michigan following recent rains that caused significant flooding and damage.

Nessel is also reminding people to research contractors if home repairs are needed before paying for a project and alerting drivers to beware of water-damaged vehicles being sold on the used car market.


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