Local Partners

For the 2017-18 school year, Boalt on Break participants will work with three legal providers in Eastern Kentucky.

Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc.
(AppalReD Legal Aid)

AppalReD is a non-profit law firm that offers free civil legal help to eligible low-income people in 37 counties of the Appalachian Mountains and rolling hills of eastern and south-central Kentucky, a region home to more than 240,000 people living in poverty. AppalReD focuses on legal problems that affect their clients’ basic needs for food, shelter, income, personal safety from all forms of abuse, and safety and stability for children and the elderly.

With its headquarters in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, AppalRed operates six local offices across the region. They specialize in housing law, consumer law, family law, domestic violence, and public benefits.


Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center

The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center is a nonprofit law firm that fights for justice in the coalfields by representing coal miners and their families on issues of black lung and mine safety and by working with grassroots groups and individuals to protect the land and people from misuse and degradation caused by extractive industries. The Center handles individual cases and engages in strategic litigation and policy work in the areas of mine safety and health, environmental protection, legacy costs of extractive industries on the people, land and economy of the Central Appalachian region, and sustainable energy.

They have secured millions of dollars in black lung benefits for coal miners and their survivors; represented hundreds of Appalachian citizens in defense of safe, clean drinking water; and partnered with a broad coalition of activists and organizers to further their work.

Their office is located in Whitesburg, Kentucky.


Ned Pillersdorf

Ned Pillersdorf has been a partner at Pillersdorf DeRossett & Lane since the firm’s creation in the 1980’s. He is known for his extensive pro bono work in eastern Kentucky.

Currently, Pillersdorf, along with AppalReD and other pro bono attorneys in the area, represents former clients of Eric Conn, an eastern Kentucky disability attorney recently convicted of carrying out one of the largest fraud schemes in Social Security history. In relation to Conn’s eventual conviction, the Social Security Administration terminated benefits for roughly 800 of Conn’s former clients.

Pillersdorf’s office is located in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.