Legacy: East Tennessee Research Corporation (ETRC)

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Beginning in early 1974, young lawyers and law students had put together a non-profit law firm to support the legal challenges faced by the fledgling clinics.  Called the East Tennessee Research Corporation, besides clinic concerns, they took on issues of local taxation and environmental protection, in partnership with local leaders.  As seen in this front page headline from London newspaper The Guardian, even a British landholding firm felt the sting of ETRC work as ETRC lawyers held them accountable for degradation of homeowner’s land in east Tennessee.  Much of the early ETRC story can be found in the papers of John Gaventa in the archives at Appalachian State University.


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John Kennedy

The summer before his final year at the Vanderbilt Law School and during the summer and fall after his graduation, John Kennedy worked for the Student Health Coalition, 1971 and 1972. He provided assistance to former miners who were seeking… Continued

Neil McBride

From 1973-1978 Neil was a staff attorney for the East Tennessee Research Corp. He was a valuable institutional ally to many SHC related community efforts.   Related Stories:   Related Resources/Links:   Related People: Continued

Interview with Neil McBride by Jessie Wilkerson, May 27 2010, Southern Oral History Program, UNC Chapel Hill

Neil McBride was born on December 12, 1945 in Dallas, Texas. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1970. After graduating, he worked for a year as the Southern Director of the Law Students Civil Rights Research… Continued

Neil G. McBride Papers, Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill

Papers of lawyer Neil G. McBride document his work with the Coal Employment Project, a non-profit focused on gender equality and discrimination issues in coal mines. There are also reports and other materials of the East Tennessee Research Corporation and… Continued

Interviews with ETRC leaders, Nashville, Tenn., June 2018

Interviews with East Tennessee Research Corporation leaders. Recorded in Nashville, Tenn., June 2018. Conducted by Lark Hayes and Irwin Venick. Continued