Fighting for Justice in the Coalfields

Career Opportunities

Consumer Advocate

The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center seeks current 3L law students or recent graduates interested in working with us to develop applications for fellowships such as those offered by Skadden, Equal Justice Works and other law school-based fellowship opportunities. The Center is especially interested in developing a project to protect consumers from predatory or otherwise unfair and deceptive lending and collection tactics. The Center is also very interested in developing a project to work with local community groups to develop a more diverse economy in this time of transiton from a coal mining economy.

Over the last five years there has been a drastic decrease in coal mining in Appalachia. The loss of relatively high-paying jobs in coal mining has caused a downward spiral in the local economy. Payday lenders and others seek to use unscrupulous means to profit from this situation. The Center, which has been a strong advocate for miners’ rights to a safe and healthy work place, is looking for an attorney who is committed to protecting consumers from payday lenders and other deceitful and unfair practices that trap the poor in a cycle of debt. The changes in the coal industry have created a great need  to build a new economy and we are interested in working with local citizens and community groups to meet this need.

More information about the Center can be found at:

Practice Areas: Community Economic Development, Consumer Protection/Debt, Litigation, Low Income, Non-Profit, Policy


$41k – $55k/year

Application Instructions:

Please submit your letter of interest and resume to Stephen A. Sanders, Director, Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, 317 Main Street, Whitesburg, KY 41858


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