Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Oral History: Russ Overby

Listen to Russ Overby, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, describe the organization and the major cases of his career there.

Highlights include Russ describing the early years, including his work on behalf of prisoners in Tennessee, the Cloverbottom Youth Center case and his work with the Tennessee Justice Center.

"The Supreme Court had held several years earlier that, like adults, juveniles had right to counsel in cases where their liberty was at stake," Overby said. "Well, some of the juvenile judges were not impressed by what the Supreme Court had to say. So for a period of three or four years, we brought a stream of habeas corpus acts and the purpose was to determine if the juvenile was afforded the right to counsel."

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