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.

WFPL: Coal Industry Braces As COVID-19 Impacts Electricity Demand

ACLC's Executive Director Wes Addington was interviewed for a recent article laying out the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the coal industry and coal communities. “It just seems like the industry sees an opportunity with the coronavirus pandemic to try once again...

FAQs: What You Need to Know About Coal Bankruptcy

Coal bankruptcies involve a complex process that affects workers and communities across Central Appalachia. We have compiled responses below to clarify and explain the impacts of this process as well as the responsibilities left behind when a company files for...

“Coal Country” Debuts in NYC; ACLC Receives a Mention

A play called "Coal Country" just debuted at The Public Theater in NYC, and it features music by Steve Earle. The play recounts the tragic 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster in Montcoal, WV, which killed 29 miners and devastated their community. Read the full New...

ICYMI: ACLC’s 2019 Annual Report

In case you missed it, below is our 2019 annual report that was sent out to our donors and supporters during our annual appeal in December. If you would like to sign up to receive our annual appeal in 2020, click here. To donate to Appalachian Citizens' Law Center,...


Since our founding, ACLC has served the needs of hundreds of coal miners, their families, and residents of the coalfields. We have addressed the legacy issues of coal mining through litigation, policy advocacy, and direct outreach work with impacted coal miners and community members.
We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, suggestions, or anything else that would further our work in this region and beyond.

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