About Us

Our Mission

Established in 2010, the mission of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project (MiUI, pronounced “my-u-eye”) is to engage law students to bring justice to those in need in their community. We do this by recruiting and training volunteer law students to provide free Unemployment Insurance (UI) advice and advocacy for area unemployed Michiganders. 

Our Methods

MiUI partners with area law schools and students groups to recruit and train law students to become effective UI advocates. Under the supervision of an experienced attorney students provide Unemployment Insurance free advice and representation to unemployed Michiganders. We provide not only a practical experience opportunity for students to develop real world advocacy skills but also an opportunity for them to engage their community in significant and meaningful ways.

Free Community Services Offered By Students

· Advice regarding the UI claims process
· Advocacy with the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) at initial stages of the claims process
· Representation at administrative hearings, the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission, the Circuit Court, and the Michigan Court of Appeals
· Policy analysis and advocacy on emerging issues affecting UI claimants in Michigan
· Public education materials and workshops for the unemployed and those that work with them.

Our Partners

Michigan Immigration and Labor Law Association - a law student run organization at the University of Michigan Law School

Ruth Mott Foundation

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Our Board of Directors

Rick McHugh (President)
National Employment Law Project, Senior Attorney

Diane Fears, JD (Secretary)
Wayne State University Law School, Director of Career Services and Student Pro Bono Program

Rebecca Edwalds
University of Michigan Law School, Student

Kara Moberg
Farmworker Legal Services, Staff Attorney

Nick Rine
University of Michigan Law School, Clinical Professor

Cheryl Sanford
Michigan State AFL-CIO Human Resources Development, Inc., Regional Manager

Erkeisha Terry
United Way of Southeastern Michigan - Detroit, Community Labor Liaison

Carlos Bermudez
UAW Legal Department, Associate General Counsel

Our Full-time Staff

Steve Gray
General Manager and Supervising Attorney

Our Contact Details
Mailing Address:
220 E. Huron St., Suite 600B    
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1991

Phone:  (734) 274-4331 
Fax:  (734) 707.4881