Program Director

Maurice Emsellem, Program Director
(510) 663-5700
Oakland, California Office

Areas of expertise
Unemployment Insurance · Criminal Records and Employment

Maurice Emsellem joined NELP in 1991, after working for the Legal Aid Society in New York City.  At NELP, he has worked on collaborations with organizers and advocates that have successfully modernized state unemployment insurance programs, created employment protections for workfare workers, and reduced unfair barriers to employment of people with criminal records in state laws and in city hiring practices.  He has testified before Congress and numerous state legislatures, promoting innovative policy reforms.  He was a Soros Justice Senior Fellow in 2004 and a Stanford Public Interest Law Mentor in 2003.  

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
B.A., University of Michigan

Selected Publications

  • Innovative State Reforms Shape New National Economic Security Plan for the 21st Century (National Employment Law Project: 2006)

  • "The Challenge of Employment in the Era of Criminal Background Checks," in The Gloves Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America's Labor Market, Cornell Univ. Press (2008)

  • "Easing Downward Mobility," (March 8, 2007)

  • “Work Reform: The Other Side of Welfare Reform,” Stanford Law & Policy Review (Winter 1998)