Executive Director of Legal Services of North Central Alabama. Previously with Legal Aid Society program in Huntsville, AL.
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Thomas Keith is from Fort Payne, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University in 1968 and from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1972. At the time of the interview, Mr. Keith was Executive Director of Legal Services of North Central Alabama. Between college and beginning law school in the fall of 1970, he spent two years working in Atlanta, where he was involved in the anti-war movement. He was interested in doing anti-poverty work, and was working with the legal clinic at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he worked directly with legal aid clients on many significant Alabama cases. After graduating from law school in 1972, Mr. Keith went to work with the Legal Aid Society program in Huntsville, AL, which had been started by the Huntsville Bar Association with Model Cities funding. The program later changed its name to Legal Services of North Central Alabama and then became part of Legal Services Alabama, which is supported by the LSC. Legal Services of North Central Alabama focused on civil law cases, divorces, child placements, tenant’s rights, consumer rights, and access to welfare benefits (food stamp screening and food stamp advocacy).