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Kentucky lawyer to receive ABA GPSolo award for making a difference in local community


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Kentucky lawyer to receive ABA GPSolo award for making a difference in local community

By Irma Romero

CHICAGO, Sept. 30, 2013 — John M. Rosenberg, a lawyer from Prestonsburg, Ky., will receive the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division’s 2013 Difference Makers Award.

Rosenberg is emeritus director of the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky Inc. (AppalReD), a legal services program serving low-income people throughout the state. He will receive the award, which recognizes an individual for his or her service to the local community, for his work as director of AppalReD for more than 30 years. 

Judge Jennifer A. Rymell, GPSolo chair, also noted Rosenberg’s work in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, where he was involved in litigating a number of major civil rights cases, including the successful prosecution of the Klansmen responsible for the murder of the three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964 and the first trial under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prevented the re-election of Sheriff Jim Clark in Dallas County, Ala.

“We are honored to present Rosenberg with this award,” Rymell said. 

Rosenberg is a graduate of Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law. He also holds honorary doctorates from Morehead State University, the William Mitchell School of Law and Berea College. He serves as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Along with his brother and parents, Rosenberg is a Holocaust survivor who was featured in Arwen Donahue’s book “This Is Home Now.”

Rosenberg will be presented with his award during the Difference Makers Awards program on Oct. 4 at GPSolo’s 8th Annual National Solo and Small Firm Conference in Lexington, Ky. 

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