I’ve been steadily getting the organizational work done for the documentary on Christian legal aid. Plan to start photographing in earnest next week. Here’s where I am at in my thinking:
We are in the research phase, so we haven’t yet decided which specific stories to use. But here are a few of the attorneys we’re following at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Indianapolis. Think Atticus Finch, but more human.
- Art Johnson, a retired Brigadier General from the Strategic Air Command who participated in the SALT talks back in the 70s, disarms his litigation opponents through a very direct approach.
- Merryn Gluys, a middle-aged mother, feels great empathy for her family law clients, having grown up with a close family member who is bipolar. Merryn’s mission seems to be putting families back together. To do that, Merryn was willing to drive 243 miles, each way, to go to law school in Michigan for three years while raising her own family in Indianapolis.
- Joshua Abel, the Clinic’s youthful-looking Executive Director, focuses his staff meetings more on the Bible than business.
- Plus other attorneys and professionals who offer counseling and assistance. It takes a village, or the body of Christ, to serve a client.