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Staff Attorney




The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalReD Legal Aid) is recruiting for a staff attorney in its Richmond Office located at 114 North Third Street, Richmond, KY.  This position focuses on housing and consumer law.  This well-established legal services program is in its 48th year of serving low-income clients and client groups in a 37-county area, which includes the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky and rolling hills of south central Kentucky.


            AppalReD Legal Aid staff has been involved in significant representation of clients and client groups leading to the liberalization of standards for black lung benefits, establishment of shelters for victims of domestic violence, incorporation of and assistance to economic development groups, and development of due process procedures for utility cutoffs.  AppalReD Legal Aid has also served thousands of low-income clients with their day-to-day needs in the traditional areas of poverty law representation including housing, consumer matters, public benefits, and domestic relations.

            AppalReD Legal Aid operates a network of six field offices with a staff of 22 attorneys, 3 paralegals, and supporting personnel.  Each branch office has excellent facilities and the necessary equipment to permit the staff to function as a first-class law firm. 



Applicants should have a strong interest in serving the legal needs of low-income people, a special desire to work in a rural area, and a particular interest in the problems of Appalachia.  Experience and/or interest in housing law, consumer matters, and bankruptcy preferred.  Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Kentucky or eligible for admission without examination or limited admission. 

Annual salary is $40,500 + D.O.E. with generous benefits and leave time.

To Apply: 

Interested applicants should apply to Robert C. Johns, Executive Director, Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc., 120 N. Front Avenue, Prestonsburg, KY 41653 or via email at Applicants should send a resume under a cover letter indicating the specific nature of their interest in the position and particularly in working in a rural area.  Applicants should also enclose a writing sample and list of references.  Selected applicants will be asked to visit the Richmond office and possibly AppalReD’s administrative office in Prestonsburg.  For further information and questions, interested applicants may call Robert C. Johns at (606) 886-9876, ext. 1247.

Submission Deadline:  Friday, May 17, 2019 

An Equal Opportunity Employer


Submission Deadline: 
May 17, 2019
Organization Information: 
The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky
United States