The New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty would like to recognize its two outstanding summer legal interns, Eduardo (Eddie) Garcia and Dawn Vernooy.
Eddie is a recipient of the Peggy Browning Fellowship for distinguished students who have excelled in law school and have demonstrated a commitment to workers’ rights through their educational, work, volunteer, and personal experiences.
Eddie is working under the supervision of the Workers’ Rights team focusing on an initiative to pass an Albuquerque earned sick leave ordinance, creating workers’ compensation outreach materials in Spanish and English for agricultural workers, and defending Albuquerque’s minimum wage ordinance.
A native of the Juárez, México- El Paso, Texas, Eddie was involved in community organizing and activism in the borderland. A witness to his parents struggle with minimum-wage and poor working conditions, he advocated for justice for farmworkers, day laborers, and retail and service industry workers.
Eddie will graduate from UNM School of Law in 2018.
Dawn Vernooy is the recipient of the Seth Montgomery Fellowship for exceptional law students working on poverty related issues at the Center.
Dawn is working under the supervision of the Workers’ Rights and Public Benefits teams focusing on initiatives to secure paid time off for sick workers and defending Albuquerque’s minimum wage ordinance as well as securing unobstructed access to Medicaid and food assistance. She has a deep personal connection to the work at the Center as a former food assistance and current Medicaid recipient.
A graduate of Albuquerque’s West Mesa High, Dawn holds a PhD in English and has spent over a decade in academia at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania focusing on women’s and workers’ rights. She currently serves on the Sexual Assault Nurses Examiners Collective board of directors.
Dawn will graduate from UNM School of Law in 2019.