Tammy Kaousias opened Kaousias Law in 2008 after practicing law at one of the oldest law firms in Knoxville and having served as in house counsel for a global, publicly traded company where she was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. Kaousias says she never intended to get involved in voting issues. “I thought it was simple. You register and you vote.” But that changed in 2008, “During the presidential election, I agreed to help people register to vote as a way to get involved, thinking, how hard can it be, it’s the right to vote?” she said. This one-day volunteer effort started what she refers to as a “real life education” in the history of voting rights in this country and the increasingly difficult process to get in a voting booth and vote. Eventually, Kaousias helped organize the 2008 ballot protection effort in Knox County. "This included multiple attorneys available for hotline calls from candidates, poll watchers and voters in order to protect voting access," she said. Kaousias was appointed to the Knox County Election Commission as an Election Commissioner in the 2013-2015 term. Her legal work includes the area of restoration of rights for those with criminal records and advising candidates on qualification issues, in addition to the areas of real estate and entertainment businesses and ventures. She has served on many boards and community organizations through the years, including service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, as a founding board member of The Big Ears Festival, and as a founding board member of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound. Tammy is an avid yoga practitioner, having devoted decades to the ancient discipline. She’s currently the owner of Inner Space Yoga and Meditation Supplies, which creates quality props for yoga studios and home use. She also owned the largest yoga studio in Knoxville for over six years.
Tammy will be co-presenting Does Every Voter Count? Voter Rights and the Disenfranchised with Julie Gautreau at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 28 at the East Tennessee History Center.