LEXINGTON — Director emeritus of Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, John Rosenberg, will be honored next week during an event at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington.
Lorie Elam, deputy director of AppalReD said Thursday that the 2012 John Rosenberg Fellowship Fundraising Event, in its first year, is all about honoring Rosenberg, and raising money to expand the agency’s staff.
“We are doing this fund-raising event in honor of John,” Elam said, adding that the money raised will go toward funding an attorney fellowship, paying an attorney salary to afford more civil legal services.
“It’s really a celebration of John and what he has done,” Elam said. “With reduced funding and reduced staff in the last couple of years we have to find other ways to raise money to provide service.”
The event will take place Friday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m., at The Clarion on Newtown Pike, in Lexington. The master of ceremonies for the event will be current Kentucky Bar Association President Doug Myers. The keynote speech will be given by Steve Bright. Bright was a law student/intern and legal aid working with AppalReD during the 1970s. He is now president and senior counsel of the Southern Law Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Ga. He also teaches at Yale Law School.
In his reflections, Rosenberg states that he came to Eastern Kentucky 1970 after being called to service by the inspirations of Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy’s tours in Appalachia, and the book “Night Comes to the Cumberland,” by Harry Caudill. Rosenberg began the law firm with the hope of helping a region beset by poverty.