IIT Chicago-Kent alumna Meron Kebede '15 receives Communications Workers of America Fellowship

Monday, July 13, 2015
Meron Kebede '15 will begin a yearlong fellowship with the Communications Workers of America in September.
Meron Kebede '15 will begin a yearlong fellowship with the Communications Workers of America in September.

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law graduate Meron Kebede has received a one-year fellowship from the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The union represents 700,000 workers in private and public sector employment in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico who work in a variety of fields, including telecommunications and information technology, the airline industry, news media, broadcast and cable television, education, health care and public service, law enforcement and manufacturing. Kebede, a May 2015 J.D. graduate with a certificate in labor and employment law, will begin her fellowship in September in the office of the union's general counsel in Washington, D.C.

Kebede, a native of Ethiopia, earned a bachelor of law degree at Addis Ababa University. After graduation, she served as a special assistant in the Tibebu Gashu Law Office in Addis Ababa. In general practice in Ethiopia, Kebede worked with companies on various employment matters and developed an interest in how labor law can provide protection for workers.

During her studies at IIT Chicago-Kent, Kebede has served as a law clerk at Asher, Gittler, Greenfield & D'Alba Ltd. and at Whitfield, McGann and Ketterman Ltd., two Chicago law firms that specialize in labor and employment law. She also clerked for Teamsters Local 705. As a research assistant for IIT Chicago-Kent Professor César F. Rosado Marzán, Kebede assisted him with several law review articles and served as his co-editor on The Regulation of Compensation: Proceedings of the NYU 66th Annual Conference on Labor, June 6-7, 2013 (LexisNexis 2014). The book is a compilation of papers and legal essays related to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Founded in 1888, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.