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.

Martin County Film Screening: Food & Water Watch Joins as Co-Sponsor

We are very excited to announce that Food & Water Watch is co-sponsoring our Martin County Water Crisis Film Screening event in Lexington at 21c Museum Hotel. As described on their website, "Food & Water Watch mobilizes regular people to build political power to move...

GRAMMYS: John Prine & Why He Wants To Benefit Coal Miners

In an article posted to the Recording Academy, which hosts the Grammy Awards, John Prine talked at length about his respect for miners and the importance of supporting miners and their communities. We are very honored and grateful to Mr. John Prine, as he is directing...

WHITESBURG: Black Lung Documentary Screening 5/31

ACLC, in partnership with Appalshop, presents the PBS/Frontline documentary "Coal's Deadly Dust," a film about the rise of black lung disease in coal country by reporter and producer Howard Berkes. Join us on Friday, May 31st at the Appalshop Theater at 7pm for a...

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Coordinator of Policy and Organizing

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Coordinator of Policy & Organizing General Description: The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center (ACLC) seeks a full-time Coordinator of Policy and Organizing to join our team in Whitesburg, Kentucky. This position will lead ACLC’s work to promote a...

WFPL 89.3: Remembering A Coal Miner Who Stood Up For Black Lung

Jessica Lilly of WFPL 89.3 highlighted a miner named Robert Bailey who lost his life as a result of black lung disease. Read more below: "Robert Bailey died 28 days after our last conversation. He told me that he was grateful for the extra years he gained from his...


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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