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Legal Aid of the Bluegrass names Robert John’s new executive director; will assume role May 1

  • May 13, 2023

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (LABG) has announced Robert Johns, Esq. as its new executive director after a nationwide search. Johns, who will begin on May 1 will lead the program that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable Kentuckians in 33 northern, central, and northeastern Kentucky counties.

“LABG provides life changing legal assistance every day, and I am thrilled to join this great program. I have been privileged to spend my entire career in civil legal aid and to stand with people whose rights need to be protected. The work that civil legal aid programs provide is needed everywhere, and I look forward to working in the diverse communities that LABG serves, including sparsely populated rural areas and densely populated urban centers. I’m grateful for my time at AppalReD Legal Aid and for the opportunity to lead that program. My time there allowed me to develop skills that will serve me as I join LABG” said Johns.

Robert Johns

Johns graduated with his BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 before earning his JD at The George Washington University Law School in 1994. Johns served as an AmeriCorps attorney until 1996 when he became a staff attorney at Southeastern Ohio Legal Services ( SEOLS) in Steubenville, Ohio. In 1999, he became Managing Attorney at SEOLS and served in that position for 15 years. Johns has been the Executive Director of AppalReD Legal Aid for the past 8 years in Eastern Kentucky.

LABG Board President, James Kruer, Esq., said of Johns “Legal Aid of the Bluegrass has been blessed by ‘adopting’ our new Executive Director from one of our Kentucky partners. A lifetime of service to the poverty population makes Johns ideally suited to direct the advocacy that we provide in our 33-county

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