John Rosenberg, a founding board member of Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center and the founder of AppalReD, has dedicated his life to making life better for people in the mountains. His story was featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader this week:

“Rosenberg, now 87, also helped establish the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, a non-profit law firm in Whitesburg that has helped thousands of former miners and widows seeking black lung benefits.

‘He is absolutely irreplaceable,’ said Ned Pillersdorf, a Prestonsburg attorney who first met Rosenberg 38 years ago. ‘I shudder the day when he’s gone. Where would the less fortunate be without him, and where will they be when he’s gone?'”