About Us

The Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

The 11th Annual

 APIEL  is a conference designed to bring lawyers, activists, students, scientists, media, funders, and citizens together from across the Appalachian region and the surrounding areas in the interest of achieving environmental and social justice throughout Appalachia and the surrounding areas. 


The workshops and presentations at APIEL are designed to give eco-minded and socially conscious people the chance to learn about environmental justice issues impacting our region, their underlying causes, and the legal and policy approaches to addressing these problems.


APIEL is meant to provide a forum for like-minded people to reach across state and regional lines in the interest of networking and brainstorming solutions to very serious environmental and social problems.

For community organizations, APIEL is a chance to build their long-term capacity by networking more with lawyers, researchers, and students. It is an opportunity for activists to learn from lawyers and for lawyers to learn from activists. 


"Now all of the issues of environmental racism and environmental justice don't just deal with people of color. We are just as much concerned with inequities in Appalachia, for example, and lack of having a voice to say 'no,' and that's environmental injustice." - Dr. Robert Bullard


APIEL is modeled after the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) established in Eugene, Oregon, where once a year, lawyers, law students, activists, scientists, and media come from around the globe to be a part of the nation's leading annual environmental law convergence.

Photo Credit: Sammi Stoklosa