Click above to listen to Episode 5 of "The Witness," our podcast of 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 fifth episode of The Witness features conversations with two Tennessee Supreme Court Justices, Justice Janice M. Holder and Justice Cornelia Clark.
Interview 1: Justice Janice M. Holder and Margaret Behm
Justice Janice Holder joined the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1996 and became the state's first female chief justice in 2008. She retired from the Court in 2014. Margaret Behm began her legal career at Legal Services of Middle Tennessee before founding Nashville's first all-woman law firm. She was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to chair the newly created Access to Justice Commission in 2009.
In the legal aid community ... there was a lot of energy because the Court was so active. The Court was so responsive. The Court showed up.
Interview 2: Anne Louise Wirthlin and Justice Cornelia Clark
Anne Louise Wirthlin is the Access to Justice Coordinator at the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts. Justice Connie Clark was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2005 and served as chief justice from 2010 to 2012. She is the Court's Access to Justice liaison.
Every day we have to get up and say, 'How can we find more legal help for more people?'
Justice Janice M. Holder & Margaret Behm and Justice Cornelia Clark & Anne Louise Wirthlin