Washington and Lee University


Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center

Open to Law Students only. The Appalachian Citizens' Law Center is a non-profit law office of four attorneys located in the Appalachian coalfields. Our work centers around regulatory law on issues of miners' safety and health and environmental justice. We represent coal miners in mine safety and black lung cases, as well as individuals and citizens' groups in environmental cases. We practice before state and federal courts and state and federal agencies, including the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP). We also engage in policy advocacy on legal issues affecting Appalachian citizens. The duties of our interns vary depending upon the interns' interests and Appalachian Citizens' Law Center's current needs. Past clerks have assisted in investigating potential cases, prepared for and attended depositions and trials, and drafted pleadings and briefs. Interns' primary responsibilities are to engage in legal research and draft pleadings and briefs.
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