Kierston Eastham Rosen is pictured at her new job working as an attorney for Legal Aid of the Bluegrass in Ashland. Photo by Charles Romans.

Greenup County native Kierston Eastham Rosen is using her legal expertise to help those who can’t always afford a lawyer.

Rosen recently joined Legal Aid of the Bluegrass in Ashland, where she will work as lawyer to help low income residents address legal issues.

Rosen said that there were a couple of reason which lead her to where she is now, at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass.

“I really wanted to practice law in Kentucky,” Rosen said.

And other reasons were that she wanted to be able to try a different kind of law and be able to use her skill to help people. “Fortunately, this opportunity came up and I interviewed,” Rosen said. “And here we are.”

Rosen is a native of Greenup, and graduated from Greenup County High School in 2009. Rosen attended Morehead State University, where she graduated from in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in History with a Legal Studies minor. Rosen was then accepted into Law School at the University of Kentucky. Rosen graduated with her Law Degree in 2016, and almost immediately went to work at a law firm in Huntington, West Virginia.

“I graduated in May, and started at the law firm three weeks later,” Rosen said.

“I mostly represented insurance companies, banks, and small businesses,” Rosen said, adding “It kind of ran the gamut. I did a little bit of everything.”

Rosen looks forward to helping local residents and also increasing awareness about Legal Aid.

“A lot of people, I think, don’t know that this office is here,” Rosen said. “My husband and I moved back to the area 2016, and at the time even I didn’t know this office was here.”

“I have been placed in the family law unit, and primarily that is what this office does, along with the housing unit,” Rosen said of her current position. “The housing unit deals with families that might face evictions or foreclosures.”

Rosen would seem to be in a perfect position to fulfill her desire to help people, because Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is an entity which serves people who are less likely to be able to afford the services of an attorney. They do not handle criminal cases, or many types of litigation such as personal disputes, but as Rosen mentioned they are able to help families in need with many of the legal issues they might face. And anyone who requires legal aid is encouraged to contact the office to see if they meet the current guidelines. The best times to be able to speak with someone would be Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at (859) 431-8200.

Rosen is hopeful that her current position will be one that she can pursue into the future. She had been looking for a good fit which would further focus the trajectory of her career, and she wanted that fit to be at home if possible.

“I have always wanted to practice law in the Boyd and Greenup County area,” Rosen said. “And I know for certain that I want to be able to use my legal abilities to help this community. How that might manifest itself forty years from now, I’m not sure. But I think this is a very good start.”

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