The shortest distance between two people is a story. Advocacy stories have the potential to inspire and connect others to the essential work of providing legal assistance to those living on the social margins. Click on the links below to hear the JUST Stories of public interest advocates from around the country, and add your story to the growing library of short, powerful videos in which members of the public interest legal community describe their own experiences as advocates.
Add your story to our homepage video 'quilt'.; tell us how you changed your client's story, and made it a JUST story. Send us a short (less than two minutes) video of yourself or someone in your organization answering four brief questions:
1. What is your name and affiliation?
2. What did you do for your client?
3. How did it change your client's life?
4. How did it change yours?
These questions can be used as a script outline: simply print out the questions and ask people to answer all four while being videotaped.
Film yourself, members of your staff, volunteers, clients, anyone who has a JUST Story to tell. Send them to us and post them on your own website; these videos can also serve as powerful marketing tools for you.
Tip: If using a small pocket recorder, be sure to film in a quiet space with adequate lighting.
JUST Stories: List of Story Contributors
Click on the name of the storyteller below to link to their JUST Story. The full story quilt is reproduced below the names.
Cassandra W. Adams, Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, Birmingham, AL
Sherry Baskin, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Capital Blue Cross, Harrisburg, PA
LaVeeda Morgan Battle, The Battle Law Firm, Birmingham, AL
Hamp Baxley, Ramsey, Baxley & McDougle, Dothan AL
Lisa W. Borden, Pro Bono Shareholder, Baker Donelson, Birmingham, AL
Henry A. Callaway, South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program, Mobile, AL
Cathy Carr, Executive Director, Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA
Honorable Ronald D. Castille, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania
Kathy Charlton, Hawks Quindel, Milwaukee, WI
Tom Cook, Schmidt and Kramer, Harrisburg, PA
Harry Cooper, Chalfont, PA
Samuel N. Crosby, Stone, Granade & Crosby, Daphne, AL
Jim DeAngelo, McNees, Wallace, and Nurick, Harrisburg, PA
Christopher Dreisbach, Robinson and Geraldo, Harrisburg, PA
Amy Foerster, Saul Ewing, Harrisburg, PA
James H. Fry, Executive Director, Legal Services of Alabama, Montgomery, AL
Chuck Greenfield, Chief Counsel for Civil Programs, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Washington, D.C.
Kelli Hogue-Mauro, Executive Director, Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, Birmingham, AL
Nathaniel Holmes, The Chartwell Law Offices, Harrisburg, PA
Jason Imler, Altoona, PA
Linda Kostin, Pro Bono Coordinator, Volunteer Legal Services Project, Inc., Rochester, NY
Honorable Charles R. Malone, Chief Justice, Alabama Supreme Court
Phillip W. McCallum, President, Alabama State Bar
Laurie McGowan, Corporate Counsel, Capital Blue Cross, Harrisburg, PA
Threesa Milligan, Director of Pro Bono Services, King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA
Phillip D. Mitchell, Harris, Caddell & Shanks, P.C., Decatur, AL
Dorothy Mott, Sole Practitioner, Harrisburg, PA
Pierangela Murphy, West Cook Pro Bono Network, Oak Park, IL
Vickey Murphy, Community Activist and Client Advocate, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc., Jacksonville, FL
Ole Olson, Deputy Attorney General, Helena, Montana
Richard Raleigh, Jr., Wilmer and Lee, Huntsville, AL
Jeanne Dowdle Rasco, Attorney, Talladega, AL
Angela Slate Rawls, Executive Director, Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program, Huntsville, AL
Kathleen A. Scott, Arnold and Porter, New York, NY
R. Cooper Shattuck, Chief Legal Advisor to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
Mark Silliker, Silliker and Reinhold, Harrisburg, PA
Alyce Manley Spruell, Past President of the Alabama State Bar, Tuscaloosa, AL
James M. Terrell, McCallum, Methvin & Terrell, Birmingham, AL
Kellye Testy, Dean, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA
Gregg Volz, Stoneleigh Foundation, Chester, PA
Lydia Watts, Director of Quality and Program Enhancement, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Washington, D.C.
Victoria Webb, Nashville Pro Bono Program, Nashville, TN
Thomas Wimmer, Sole Practitioner, Hershey, PA
Scott Wylie, Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, Evansville, IN
Philip Yun, Philadelphia, PA
Pro Bono Client's Success Story
SDVLP Volunteer Tiffany Cruz
SDVLP Volunteer Thom Kowalski
SDVLP Volunteer Richard Hicks
SDVLP Volunteer Rebecca Luchok-Charlson
SDVLP Volunteer Puja Sachdev
SDVLP volunteer Michael O'Halloran
SDVLP volunteer Leah Williams
SDVLP volunteer John Rigas
SDVLP volunteer Debra Greenfield
SDVLP volunteer Caron Woodward
SDVLP volunteer Brett Weaver
SDVLP volunteer Ben Wagner
Susan Hofmann, Crowell & Moring
Vicki Jacobs, Volunteer Legal Services Program of Sacramento County
Erin Smith, Family Violence Appellate Project
Rachel Williams, Morrison & Foerster
Diane Roth, Riverside Legal Aid
Nancy Murphy, Legal Aid of Marin
Elissa Gershon, Disability Rights California
Kirsten Kreymann, Public Law Center and Diego Cartagena, Bet Tzedek Legal Services
David Lash, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Ben Weinberg, Dentons LLP
Renee Chantler, DLA Piper
Mairi McKeever, Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco
Gary Lewis, General Assistance Advocacy Project
Shirley Gibson, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
Paul Chavez, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
Jennifer Morrill, LinkedIn
Nisha Vyas, Asian American Advancing Justice Los Angeles
Andrea Fitanides, Covington & Burling LLP
John Unruh, Swords to Plowshares
Adela Mason, Casa Cornelia Law Center
Dean Erin Dolly, University of San Francisco School of Law
Click on each photo to hear the story.
Top Row: Judicial JUST Stories
Send us your own JUST Story to add to this Video Quilt
What is your JUST Story? What is your most powerful, memorable advocacy experience? Send us a two minute video of yourself or your colleagues answering four questions;
Help spread the word: inspire and connect others to the essential work of providing legal assistance to those living on the social margins. Tell us how you changed your client's story, and made it a JUST story.