The Suffolk County Legal Aid Society launched a weekly radio program on Sunday that features discussions with special guests about the society’s “holistic mission”, from its defense of scores of disenfranchised people accused of crimes to social reintegration programs offered by the group.
The show, titled “Legal Aid Radio,” will air weekly from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on WALK 97.5 FM, which broadcasts in Long Island, according to a news release about the new program. The program is hosted by Laurette Mulry, lawyer in charge of SCLAS.
“I’m so excited about this new opportunity,” Mulry said in the statement. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity for us at Legal Aid to let people know what we do, our mission and the current state of our criminal justice system.
SCLAS provides criminal defense representation, some family court representation and social assistance to eligible people in the county, according to the group’s website. The organization has dozens of lawyers working for it and seven different offices or divisions. It was founded in 1964, its website says.
For his first show, Mulry spoke with Kerry Tenure, a forensic social worker at SCLAS, according to a spokeswoman for the company.
Tenure described how she “works hand-in-hand with SCLAS attorneys, who represent indigent clients,” and she noted that many of her clients face mental health, transportation, economic, addictions, and homelessness, said Carole Trottere, the spokesperson.
Guests on upcoming shows, according to Trottere, will include Charles Fox, director of diversity and development at SCLAS, Debra Sterling Walters, director of community outreach, and Liz Justesen, community outreach manager who runs a program called “Breaking Barriers” with Touro. Law students.
WALK 97.5 FM is an adult contemporary radio station that is licensed to Patchogue, New York, and serves Long Island, its website says.