Staff Attorney

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Job location
108 College Street
Somerset, KY 42501
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of KY., Inc.
Street address: 
120 N. Front Ave.
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalReD), is recruiting for a staff attorney in its Somerset Office located at 108 College Street, Somerset, KY. This well-established legal services program is in its 45th 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 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 also has served thousands of low-income clients in their day-to-day needs in the traditional areas of poverty law representation including housing, consumer matters, public benefits, and domestic relations.

AppalReD operates a network of six field offices with a staff of approximately 20 attorneys, 2 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. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Kentucky or eligible for admission without examination or limited admission. Annual salary is $35,217 + 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 [email protected]. 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 Somerset office and AppalReD’s administrative office in Prestonsburg. For further information and questions, interested applicants may call Robert C. Johns at (606) 886-9876, ext. 1247.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$35,217 + D.O.E. with generous benefits and leave time.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, March 11, 2016