Pro Bono in Appalachia

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Six 2L and 3L students will engage in pro bono work in Appalachia over spring break, March 8-14. The Law School’s Pro Bono at Notre Dame Program organized the trip in conjunction with the Appalachia Seminar of the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns.

Law students will work with the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky (AppalReD)—the umbrella legal services organization for Eastern Kentucky—to implement a pilot program of legal assistance to pro se litigants in various Eastern Kentucky counties. Students will travel to several counties where they will meet with AppalReD clients—under the direction of AppalReD attorneys—to provide legal information and to help clients prepare pleadings to file in Kentucky courts, primarily in family law cases.

Students will also meet with local judges to learn about the legal landscape of Appalachia.

“It’s an opportunity for aspiring lawyers to work directly with clients, learn about fundamental access to justice issues, and make a real contribution to residents of one of the most impoverished areas of the United States,” says Robert Jones, director of the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic and clinical professor of law.