Fair Chance Program Director

(510) 663-5700 ext. 5700
Oakland, California Office

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Records and Employment • Unemployment Insurance


Maurice Emsellem joined NELP in 1991, after working for the Legal Aid Society in New York City.

At NELP, Maurice 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

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