Wala Blegay, a Prince George’s County native, created a television show in 2014 that bridged a legal gap for Prince George’s County residents. The show stemmed from an “Ask a Lawyer” event at a local church, where Blegay, a labor lawyer and staff attorney with the D.C. Nurses Association, when Blegay noticed that a large number of residents didn’t know the basics of the legal system. She designed the “Chat with a Lawyer” television show on Community TV to address the shortfall.
Blegay’s sets her guest at ease as she asks questions and breaks down professional jargon for her viewers. Her show has high profile guest from the legal field to share advice with viewers as well.
In February attorney G. Emeka Onwezi discussed the pros and cons of filing bankruptcy and how taking that action may save individuals from foreclosure. Retired Navy JAG Officer Ingrid Turner also discussed the legal rights of military personnel and veterans.
Blegay is an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she also received her J.D. She said she hopes to expand the broadcast’s reach to D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland. Blegay also plans to film legal aid videos addressing common topics like wills and power of attorney documents, and to interview people helped by information on previous episodes. Blegay “wants people to be more informed” about their legal options.
Chat with a Lawyer airs on Verizon 25 and Comcast 71, District Heights and Mount Rainier cable stations, three times a day, and on Prince George’s County TV, Verizon 41/ Comcast 70 twice a week. Episodes can be viewed online at http://chatwithalawyer.tv.