The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalReD Legal Aid) is seeking law clerks for the summer of 2018 in its Barbourville and Somerset offices to assist attorneys in all phases of client representation and program work.  The clerkships are unpaid so students must provide their own funding. Work study and similar arrangements with a sponsoring institution will be considered.

Our well-established legal services program is in its 47th year of serving low-income and vulnerable clients and client groups in a 37-county area, which includes the mountains of eastern Kentucky and the south central farming counties of the Kentucky Appalachian area.  Our program has a proud history of systemic advocacy on behalf of the low income community, individual client representation, and community engagement.  AppalReD staff provides legal advice and representation to clients in the full range of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, consumer law, utility issues, employment matters, and education law.  AppalReD has recently had grants to provide help to victims of domestic violence and to help prevent foreclosures.

Our program operates a network of 5 field offices with a staff of 21 attorneys, 2 paralegals, and supporting personnel.  Each area office has the necessary equipment to permit the staff to function as a first-class law firm.  All offices are accessible to nearby outdoor activities as well as within driving distance to major Kentucky cities.

Summer clerks handle a variety of tasks, including legal research, interviewing clients and witnesses, and drafting pleadings, under the direction of program attorneys. As our attorneys maintain very substantial caseloads, clerks have the opportunity to attend court regularly.

Law clerks in our offices have represented many law schools including Marquette University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, University of Indiana, Northern Kentucky University, University of Louisville, Washington and Lee University, University of Michigan, and Case Western Reserve University.

Interested applicants should apply to Robert Johns, Executive Director, Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Ky., Inc., 120 North Front Avenue, Prestonsburg, KY 41653; or by email at robertj@ardfky.org.  Applicants should send a resume, a list of references, and a statement regarding the applicant’s ability to provide funding for himself/herself.  If you have questions, please contact Robert Johns at (606) 886-9876, ext. 1247 or at robertj@ardfky.org.


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