Evan Barret Smith -- director

Evan Barret Smith is a staff attorney at a nonprofit law firm, Appalachian Citizens' Law Center, where he represents coal miners and their families in cases involving federal black lung benefits and mine safety. Evan joined the Law Center as a Skadden Fellow specializing in appellate advocacy following a clerkship with Judge John M. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Evan attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude, served as an Articles Editor on the Law Review, and received a Master’s in Public Administration.  For his undergraduate studies, he attended Oberlin College.

Evan's interest in the arts flows from his family's decades of involvement with the media arts center Appalshop. Evan played in punk rock bands, booked shows, and volunteered as a DJ for over a decade with WMMT and WOBC.  Evan joined Kentucky Lawyers for the Arts to help artists focus on creating the arts and culture that enriches life in Kentucky and builds our creative economy.