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Hulett H. "Bucky" Askew Oral History Interview 2002 July 22

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Creator: Askew, Hulett Hall
Kuhn, Cliff
Title: Hulett H. "Bucky" Askew Oral History Interview 2002 July 22
Date: 2002 July 22
Description: Local identification number: Askew, HH_20020722_(P2002-08)

Hulett H. "Bucky" Askew (b. 1942) served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation and is the Director of Admissions of the Office of Bar Admissions, Supreme Court of Georgia. Askew has worked with Legal Aid since attending law school at Emory University.

Among topics discussed: Trajectory that led Askew into Legal Services; native Atlanta; undergraduate education at University of North Carolina in 1960; then attended Emory University Law School in 1964; role of Emory Dean Ben Johnson; attempts to integrate Emory University; Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Nancy Cheves; pro bono requirements at Emory; work for law firm in Atlanta; Askew and roommate's clerkship with Griffin Bell; Tom Bryant, Director of OEO Health Affairs Division, and relief for the poor; Askew's work with Health Affairs; election of Richard Nixon; Terry Lindsner as OEO Legal Services director; Donald Rumsfeld appointed OEO director by Nixon and Dick Cheney as special assistant; Nixon's instructions to shut Legal Aid down; Mickey Cantor; role of Dan Bradley, regional director for OEO Legal Services in South; Bill Ide; Bradley and Ide's attempt to start Legal Aid in Georgia; Askew's interview at Capitol Hill with Fletcher Thompson's administrative assistant; Askew's move back to Atlanta to work with OEO in 1971-1975; Lindsner and Bradley fired; Bradley transferred to San Francisco, Askew appointed Regional Director of OEO Legal Services in Atlanta, 1975-1978; Askew as Deputy Director of Field Division of Legal Services Corporation (LSC), 1978-1982; Donald Bogard hired as LSC president; Askew as Civil Director of National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (NLADA); appointed to Board of Directors of LSC by Bill Clinton in 1994; black law students at Emory, Marvin Arrington and Clarence Cooper; Askew's classmates: Betsey Neely, Bill Brennan, and Tillie Kidd Fowler; Emory Community Law Center and Atlanta Legal Aid Society; Michael Padnos; Maynard Jackson; Lucy McGough; Colquitt Meacham; role of McGough; Bradley early life: youth in Georgia Baptist Children's Home in Hapeville, Mercer University Law School student; Bradley's relationship with Joe Hendricks; role of Bradley in integration of Mercer University; Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship awarded to Bradley; studied at University of Pennsylvania and placed in South Florida Migrant Legal Services with Mickey Cantor; Tom Ehrlich; Ronald Reagan's anti-Legal Service attitude; Bradley's death from AIDS in 1988; Bradley's interaction with North Carolina governor Robert Walter Scott; early funding for Georgia Indigent Legal Services (GILS) and Bradley; Phil Heiner, Ben Shapiro, Bill Ide, and GILS's creation in 1970; Saturday Lawyers Program; OEO in Savannah, Macon, and Columbus; study of Young Lawyers Section showing need for Legal Aid; operation of GILS through the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW); Lester Maddox and the granting of funds to GILS; State Bar of Georgia and control of GILS; Gus Cleveland; Alf Corbett and OEO Legal Services in Washington, D.C.; Jimmy Carter; creation of Georgia Legal Services; Georgia Legal Services funding and growth; funding from OEO; Younger Lawyers; first director of GILS, Betty Kehrer; leadership abilities of Kehrer; second GILS director Greg Dellaire from Seattle Legal Services Program; Dellaire's management skills and national reputation, aggressive vision for GILS; lawsuit against Steve Gottlieb by Joe Bergen of Savannah; Askew's involvement in Savannah lawsuit. Implications for Legal Services of Savannah lawsuit; role of Bradley and Dellaire in suit; transfer of GILS from OEO; appointment of Howard Phillips by Nixon as Director of OEO; Phillips as critic of Legal Services; termination of OEO staff; Phillips removed from office by federal court; Al Arnett; Ash Commission and creation of LSC; vetoes by Nixon; restrictions placed on LSC; Leonard Garment; Nixon's resignation; appointment of first LSC board by Gerald Ford; LSC transition team, Lou Oberdorfer and David Tatel; Askew's role in transfer; crisis in Georgia Legal Services over funding by Georgia General Assembly; changes in Askew's responsibilities in Georgia Legal Services; OEO funding in the South; Legal Aid in Mississippi; Askew's staff: Michael Terry, Clint Lyons, Betsey Neely, Guy Lescault; Legal Services Corporation of Alabama; Glen Stoffel of Chattanooga; creation of thirteen new Legal Service programs in the South; Georgia Legal Services' growth and national recognition; use of paralegals; VISTA program; opposition to Legal Services by state bars; Black English law suit; role of non-lawyers Aaron Henry and Harry Bowie in Mississippi, public responsibility; Martha Bergmark and public interest law firm in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; goal to have Legal Aid funded in every county in United States; Golden Years of late 1970s; Jim Parham and Herschel Saucier, support for Legal Services; Parham's move to Washington with Carter administration; organization of Clients Council; origins notions of role of government in Legal Services; NAACP Legal Defense Fund as a model for Legal Services; development of theories of Daniel Patrick Moynihan; OEO Act; CAP agencies and Bill Allison; Michael Padnos; issue over core values; promises to poor; Donald Hollowell; Voting Rights Project; Jean and Edgar Cahn; Fred Gray's appointment to the State Bar of Alabama; Gray's book Bus Ride to Justice; Morris Dees against Gray; crossover from Carter to Reagan administration; Ed Meese; Reagan's problems with California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA); goal of Meese to destroy CRLA; Frank Carlucci; board of LSC chaired by Hillary Rodham Clinton. New York Times and Howell Raines; Human Rights Campaign; Jerry Kaplan; Warren B. Rudman; George Bush; University of Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas Legal Services; Yale University Law School; Bill McAlpine; George W. Bush; Alberto Gonzalez; Supreme Court of Texas; Republican revolution; Newt Gingrich; Reagan administration.

Subjects: Legal aid | Race relations | Practice of law | Legal aid--Georgia | Oberdorfer, Louis F. (Louis Falk), 1919- | Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- | Yale Law School | Askew, Hulett Hall
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Related Materials: Southern Labor Archives Collection | Askew, Hulett H., Interviewed by Clifford M. Kuhn, 22 July 2002, P2002-08, Series Q. Georgia Legal Services, Georgia Government Documentation Project, Special Collection and Archives, Georgia State University Library, Atlanta.
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