Senior Counsel

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Litigation, Non-profit & Public Sector Administration, Unemployment Insurance


Steve Gray serves as Senior Counsel at the National Employment Law Project. Prior to that he served as the Director of the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. He was Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Michigan Law’s Unemployment Insurance Clinic. He was the General Manager of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project, a nonprofit organization he established to marshal law students to provide representation to jobless workers who are denied unemployment insurance. Prior to that, he was managing attorney at the Michigan Poverty Law Program; senior attorney at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law; managing attorney at Legal Services of Southern Michigan; and staff attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance.   His primary areas of practice throughout his legal aid career have been public benefits litigation and advocacy and administrative law. Steve, who earned his JD from the University of Illinois College of Law, taught, and helped establish a legal aid clinical program at the University of Namibia Law School as a Fulbright Scholar in 2008–2009.

Steve is a proud member of the NELP Staff Association, NOLSW, UAW, Local 2320 at NELP and the LEO Lecturers’ Union, AFT-MI Local 6244, AFLCIO at the University of Michigan.


J.D., University of Illinois College of Law

B.A., History and Philosophy, Huntington University

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