Student Nataly Azcurra selected for Peggy Browning Fund fellowship, to work with Friends of Farmworkers

By Rachel Wise

Nataly Azcurra, a rising 3L at Stetson Law, was recently selected for a prestigious 10-week fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund. She was one of 400 applicants for the grant.

Nataly Azcurra.

Nataly Azcurra.

Azcurra’s passion for immigration law was sparked at a young age when Azcurra and her family moved from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to South Florida.

Before coming to Stetson Law, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a minor in Latin American studies. At UCF, she worked with the Americans for Immigrant Justice and her interest in the field grew exponentially.

“I got to see how immigration attorneys go about their days and work for their clients firsthand,” Azcurra said.

At Stetson, she continued to explore her enthusiasm for the law in other specialties. After her 1L year, Azcurra interned with the Florida International University College of Medicine Civil Justice Partnership doing Social Security Disability work under Natalie Castellanos, supervising attorney and assistant professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU.

“Working at FIU was an incredible experience because even though it wasn’t directly related to my interest area, it dealt with an area of the law that I previously had zero clue about and still focused really heavily on social justice,” Azcurra said.

As a student at Stetson, Azcurra is involved on campus as the Hispanic Bar Association’s public relations chairwoman and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Association. She credits LELA’s email updates from faculty advisor, Professor Jason Bent, with notifying her about the fellowship application.

During the fellowship, she will be spending her summer working in immigration law and helping provide employment services with Friends of Farmworkers, Inc. in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

“I wanted to work with Friends of Farmworkers, because they do direct services with people,” Azcurra said. “I want to see how an actual lawyer can help farm workers in these communities.”