June 16, 2015
Tags: Disability Rights, Pro Bono
Organizations mentioned/involved: Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalRed Legal Aid) (Kentucky)
There are no provisions for paying attorneys who represent recipients at these hearings. The majority of the clients cannot afford to hire an attorney.
These are complex, time-consuming cases. Appalachian Research and Defense Fund lawyers and those of other legal services can take some of these cases, but they already are overburdened and turning down potential clients.
Relatively few members of the private bar handle Social Security cases. So, we are hopeful members of the Kentucky Bar Association will be willing to be trained and to volunteer to represent recipients without charge.