Rebeccah Golubock Watson ’12 was awarded the prestigious Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship from Georgetown University Law Center, the second in a row that a Brooklyn Law School student received this fellowship. The one year fellowship is designed to provide professional development opportunities for attorneys who are dedicated to using their legal talents to advance women’s rights. Watson will work at the National Partnership for Women and Families in the Workplace Fairness division, where she will advocate for stronger protections for low-income women in the workplace.
“This fellowship is a dream come true for me,” said Watson. “I’ve been active in women’s rights issues since my first year in college, and this is a culmination of many years of commitment to feminist issues.”
Watson came to Brooklyn Law School with experience working in various public policy roles in non-profits, the media, and politics. After graduating from Harvard University, she focused on a range of issues affecting women and low-income people. At Legal Momentum, she worked with victims of domestic violence experiencing workplace or housing discrimination, and women who were experiencing discrimination because of their race or gender. She has also worked as a journalist covering politics and women’s issues, and she directed a government oversight committee in the New York State Senate.
Watson has had a range of professional experiences while studying law full-time. She is currently a legal intern at Lambda Legal, where she is working on behalf of two transgender women experiencing police harassment. She also interned at the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and the National Employment Law Project. She is a Research Assistant for Professor Elizabeth Schneider, an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow, and a Peggy Browning Workers’ Rights Fellow. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law & Policy and her note, “Defending Paid Sick Leave in New York City,” which was published last year, was recently cited by the Harvard Law Review. She is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, Appellate Division, previously an Executive Board Member of Outlaws, and successfully represented a Honduran lesbian asylum seeker in Immigration Court through the Safe Harbor Project.
It was the combination of her experiences in law school and her work with Professor Schneider that led her to apply to the Georgetown Law Fellowship. “Professor Schneider has been an amazing source of guidance and support,” Watson said. “She strongly encouraged me to apply, read my resume countless times, wrote a recommendation for me, and spoke to the Center’s contact about my work.”
“Women, particularly low-income women, face a range of challenges in the workplace: from sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination, to a lack of paid family leave and a dearth of protections for women who work as caregivers,” Watson said. “These are urgent issues, and solutions take many forms, including successful impact litigation and strong public policy measures. I am thrilled to play a part in this work.”