February Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Iska Hoole

1. How did you hear about LAS?

I went to law school at the University of TN College of Law in Knoxville. After law school, I contacted Neil McBride with Rural Legal Services in Oak Ridge about job opportunities. I was living in Nashville and planning to move to Sewanee. He suggested that I contact the Legal Services of South Central TN (LSOSCT) which had offices in Tullahoma and Columbia. I spoke with Bill Haley, the executive director. He was in the process of applying for the STOP grant for the first time (1998). When LSOSCT was awarded the grant, he invited me to interview for the attorney position, and I got the job! This was before the smaller Legal Aids and Legal Services merged to become what is now LASMTC in 2002.

2. Favorite part of working with LAS?

Working with our clients and my great coworkers!

3. What song, show, or movie have you enjoyed recently and why?

Mr. Rogers was my hero when I was a young child. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood reminded me that he is still my hero. You don’t have to be flashy or self-promoting to be a force for positive change – kindness is always the right path.

4. 3 Book recommendations?

Just Mercy, by Brian Stephenson.

The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu;

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

I will throw in a 4th that is a series for anyone who likes a “cozy” mystery – all of the Chief Inspector Gamache Mysteries by Louise Penny. While a quick and light read, they also contain some wisdom. An example of which is the inspector’s habit of asking himself when in a stressful situation– is it true, is it kind, does it need to be said.


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