BLAST-Kentucky students will be split into two teams, both of which will spend spring break in Kentucky working with legal organizations, Appalachian Citizen’s Law Center and AppalReD Legal Aid, to meet different legal needs of local residents. This is the third time BLAST will travel to Kentucky to work with ACLC and AppalReD.  In past years, students have made valuable contributions ranging from providing direct services to drafting and filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court on black-lung benefits.

AppalRed Team: Group A will work with the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky (AppalReD) to conduct a divorce clinic and assist in their provision of free legal services to low income and vulnerable residents of Kentucky.

Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center: Group B will work with the ACLC helping file black-lung benefit claims and on other environmental and natural resources legal issues of Eastern Kentucky.

Time Commitment: We plan to have monthly meetings focused either on training or education leading up to Spring Break. Although final meeting times will be determined based on participant availability, we will aim to meet during the lunch hour (12:45-2) on campus. Additionally, students should be available to travel to Kentucky on the weekends prior and subsequent to Spring Break. Students may also be required to fundraise on their own time.

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