The award stems from DeRossett's commitment to working with the poor and was awarded to him by the Volunteer Lawyers for Appalachian Kentucky. On hand to honor DeRossett were VLAK Director Will Snyder, Appalred founder John Rosenberg and Judge Paxton.
The VLAK is a division of Appalred. Larry York, executive director of Appalred, said, "Without private attorney participation in the pro bono program, many of Eastern Kentucky's low-income residents would be without legal assistance."
Snyder praised DeRossett for "taking on 14 low-income cases this year."
Judge Paxton also chimed in by saying, "It would be helpful to the court if more Floyd County attorneys would follow his [DeRossett's] example."
DeRossett was humbled by the attention and gave most of the credit to his staff.
DeRossett has always stayed busy and recently allowed himself a little time off for a honeymoon in Hawaii following his marriage to Rachel Allen. He lives with his wife and two stepdaughters, Rebekah and Christina, at Cow Creek. He has volunteered for he Prestonsburg High school football program for 10 years, where his brother, John DeRossett, is the coach.