Gary A. Benjamin
J.D., Wayne State University Law School
B.A., Ohio Weslyan University
Gary A. Benjamin is advocacy director for Community Legal Aid Services Inc., which serves eight counties in northeast Ohio. He is responsible for training attorneys in trial and advocacy techniques and for handling major pieces of litigation that affect those in poverty.
Previously, Benjamin was a regional advocacy coordinator for the Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio, where he worked to get the Affordable Care Act passed; a staff attorney at Michigan Legal Services focused on health care delivery and access, as well as mass transit; and in private practice with three different Detroit firms, including his own, focused on civil rights and employment discrimination.
Benjamin developed and co-teaches "Race, the Law and Social Change in Southeast Michigan" with Professor Peter J. Hammer. The course examines five U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding racial discrimination that arose locally, as well as the published trial level decisions by the Hon. Damon J. Keith applying anti-discrimination law principals to major institutions in southeast Michigan.
Benjamin has published three articles in The Journal of Law in Society at Wayne Law and has participated in briefings before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is licensed in Michigan and Ohio.
He holds a bachelor of arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and a law degree from Wayne Law.