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Gray, Steve

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Unemployment Insurance Clinic

539 Legal Research

Steve Gray is 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. Professor Gray's primary areas of focus throughout his legal aid career have been public benefits litigation and advocacy and administrative law. Professor Gray, 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. 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.​



Presented "Engaging Students in Policy Work Organically, as an Outgrowth of Your Clinic" at the Midwest Clinical Conference, Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana, October 2018.

Co-presented "The 1L Litigation Clinic: Two Models for Offering First-Year Live-Client Experience at Michigan Law," AALS Annual Conference on Clinical Education, Chicago, May 2018.

Provided commentary on "The Expansive Welfare State" at a presentation given by the CATO Institute, University of Michigan Law School, February 2018.

Presented "The Future of Unemployment Insurance Claims after the Michigan UIA False Fraud Scandal" at the Eighth Annual Conference of the Debtors Bar of West Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 2018.

Co-presented "A Clinic Case Study: Michigan Law's Unemployment Insurance Clinic—A Live-Client First-Chair Litigation Clinic Offered to Second-Semester 1Ls" at the Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference, Lawrence, Kansas, October 2017.

Moderated the Peggy Browning Fund Labor Law Workshop Panel, University of Michigan Law School, October 2017.

Delivered "Administrative Tribunals in the U.S.: Has Their Time Come for Namibia?"; "Judicial Checks on Presidential Power in the U.S. as Seen in Challenges to Recent Immigration Executive Orders"; and "Scapegoat Theory and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election" at the University of Namibia Faculty of Law, Windhoek, Namibia, May 2017.

Presented "Demonstrator Rights and Responsibilities" at the Know Our Rights: A Day of Community Education and Coalition Building student event, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 2017.

Contributed to the Legislative Workgroup on Michigan Unemployment Insurance Reform, which resulted in the unanimous passage of an eight-bill unemployment insurance reform package, Lansing, Michigan, March–October 2017.

Nominated for U-M's Golden Apple Award, the only University-wide student-nominated award recognizing outstanding teaching, March 2017.

Assisted immigrant families in preparing and executing durable powers of attorney for childcare at an event organized by the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Ypsilanti, Michigan, February 2017.

Presented "The Dischargeability of UIA 'Robo-fraud' Determination Debt in Bankruptcy Proceedings" at the 2016 Hon. Steven W. Rhodes Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Troy, Michigan, November 2016.

Presented "Retread or Racing Tire: Engaging Advanced Clinic Students in Nontraditional Ways" at the Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 2016.