Serena Gray joined the Western District of Tennessee Federal Defender after years of zealously defending clients at the Law Offices of the Shelby County Public Defender. She practices under the creed that the work that she does is fundamentally important and necessary because she is charged with the responsibility of serving and providing a voice to clients that often times have the odds stacked against them.
Ms. Gray received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), where she was also a member of the Lady Vols Track and Field Team. Subsequently, she earned her Master of Arts in English from Tennessee State University. After teaching English at White Station High School, Southwest Community College and Lemoyne Owen College; she decided to continue her education at Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Western Michigan), where she received her Juris Doctor.
Moreover, Ms. Gray is a proud graduate of Gideon’s Promise (Class of 2013), an organization that is dedicated to training new public defenders across the country. In addition to serving her clients, she serves her community as a volunteer track coach for the boys and girls track team at her high school Alma Mater, White Station High School.