Gray Wilson, a career-long legal aid advocate, retires after 44 years of service

RALEIGH · July 12, 2018 – We are extending our best wishes to Gray Wilson, as she begins her well-deserved retirement. Gray retired from Legal Aid of North Carolina earlier this year. She has been a technology specialist at Legal Aid of North Carolina since our founding in 2002, and she worked in legal services for more than four decades, including more than 20 years as a practicing attorney.

We have all benefited from Gray’s vast legal and technological knowledge. She was a trailblazer who innovatively combined these fields to find solutions and uses for technology to benefit our organization and clients. We will miss the passion for legal services that she evinced every day in her work and demeanor.

“There are a number of things that I miss, but most of all I miss interacting with all of my smart, committed colleagues within the legal services community,” Gray said recently. “I also miss the mental stimulation involved in the use of technology to further the mission of legal services programs.”

Gray, who has moved to Washington state, plans to travel and explore her new West Coast environment with her husband. She hopes to visit her son in Seattle often. She also may look into volunteer opportunities somewhere, when circumstances permit.

“Gray’s service to Legal Aid and her passion for providing access to justice using technological advances was inspiring,” said Valene Franco, managing attorney of our Winston-Salem office, where Gray was based. “She is truly missed.”

A Career of Service

Staff Attorney, 1974-1979

  • New Haven Legal Assistance (CT)
  • Concerned Citizens for Justice (VA)

Senior Staff Attorney, 1979-1986

  • Client Centered Legal Services (VA)

Executive Director, 1986-1993

  • Pisgah Legal Services (Asheville)

Technology Specialist, 1994-2002

  • Legal Aid Society of Northwest N.C. (Winston-Salem)

Technology Specialist, 2002-2018

  • Legal Aid of North Carolina (Winston-Salem)