Click above to listen to Episode 2 of our new podcast, "The Witness," where we'll hear firsthand stories from attorneys and advocates who are on the front lines of fighting for people living in poverty. Our first few episodes were recorded at the 40th anniversary conference of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS). TALS serves as a statewide coordinator for civil justice issues in Tennessee. The second episode of The Witness features three attorneys and their powerful stories of why they work in legal aid.
Interview 1: Bill Bush and Harrison McIver
Bill Bush is the employment practice lead at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Harrison McIver is the Executive Director of Memphis Area Legal Services.
I grew up when segregation was legal... in South Georgia, in Bainbridge, Georgia... As a young child at 6 years old, I was working in my uncle's barber shop shining shoes. I shined shoes for about 10 years. I saw a lot and listened a lot.
Interview 2: Christina Magráns-Tillery and Tony Seaton
Christina Magráns-Tillery is a staff attorney in the Knoxville office of Legal Aid of East Tennessee. Tony Seaton is in private practice in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he volunteers at legal clinics sponsored by Legal Aid of East Tennessee. He served until March 2018 on the Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission.
One of the reasons why I got into access to justice and towards legal aid was because years ago I almost lost my life and my housing to domestic violence.
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Bill Bush & Harrison McIver and Christina Magráns-Tillery & Tony Seaton