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Hanna, Samir

Clinical Fellow
Unemployment Insurance Clinic

541 Legal Research

Professor Samir Hanna's area of interest is unemployment benefits. Prior to joining the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Clinic as a clinical teaching fellow, Professor Hanna, '12, served as an administrative law judge for the State of Michigan, presiding over and issuing more than 1,500 decisions in administrative appeals. Professor Hanna issued rulings regarding claimant unemployment benefits, high-level claimant fraud, and complex employer liability matters. In his capacity as an administrative law judge, he developed unique insight into the administrative adjudication process and the inter workings of state administrative agencies. Professor Hanna is a qualified mediator under Michigan Court Rule 2.411 and has mediated a number of disputes to resolution. He is currently the program manager of MACC Legal, a nonprofit in Detroit, where he supervises a team of attorneys who provide accessible legal services and education to individuals and families in the 48214 ZIP code.

Prior to joining the bench, Professor Hanna worked in legal aid and maintained his own private practice, which focused on indigent clients charged with unemployment fraud. During a short 18 months, Professor Hanna saved his wrongfully charged indigent clients more than $500,000. He has worked for the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Professor Hanna earned his JD from Michigan Law and his BA, cum laude, from Oakland University.



Co-presented "Maximizing Available Resources: Combining Disciplines to Create a Better Clinic" at the Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference, South Bend, Indiana, October 2018.

Poster co-presenter, "The 1L Litigation Clinic: Two Models for Offering First-Year Live-Client Experience at Michigan Law," at the AALS Clinical Conference, Chicago, May 2018.

Provided training on "Representing Unemployed Workers" for Farmworker Legal Services and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, March 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.

Participant, "Enforceability of ALJ Decisions Against Noncompliant Executive Agencies," Clinical Law Review Writer's Workshop, New York University School of Law, New York, September 2017.

Presented "Enforceability of ALJ Decisions Against Noncompliant Executive Agencies" at the University of Michigan Law School Clinical Faculty Works in Progress Series, June 2017.

Presenter/Trainer, "Unemployment in Michigan," Lakeshore Legal Aid, Counsel, and Advocacy Law Line, Detroit, February 2017.

Presented "Unemployment in Michigan" to the National Labor Relations Board, Region 7, Detroit, November 2016.