Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is proud to welcome two new members to our advocacy team. Ms. Annie Francis returns to LABG after two years in private practice and Mr. Ross Lovely joins us after working in Duluth, Minnesota. Together, Annie and Ross generally cover the northeastern counties of Legal Aid’s service region and work in the Ashland area. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is currently exploring new office space in downtown Ashland as to be located closer to public transportation routes and to be more visible in the community.
Annie Francis grew up in Ashland, Kentucky and is happy to be raising her three sons, Chase (16), Jonah (7), and Grant (6). Annie attended Morehead State University where she majored in Communications/Electronic MediaNews and was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. She graduated from MSU in 2001 and began working at a WCHS in Charleston, West Virginia parttime and substitute teaching part-time. In 2003, Ms. Francis was accepted to Salmon P. Chase College of Law at NKU and began as a full-time law student that fall. Prior to attending Chase, she was one of three students from Chase to be awarded the Kentucky Legal Education Opportunity (KLEO) scholarship from the Kentucky Supreme Court. While in law school, Annie participated in the Innocence Project and interned at the Children’s Law Center and Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. She graduated from Chase in 2006 and immediately began working at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass in Morehead, Kentucky. Eventually, Annie moved to the Ashland office of LABG where she practiced until 2013. After working in private practice for the next two years, Ms. Francis has returned to Legal Aid of the Bluegrass as a Staff Attorney. She shares “I am extremely happy to be back at LABG as I truly believe serving our clients is my calling.”
Ross Lovely is a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. Mr. Lovely has experience working with a diverse array of clients in a variety of industries in the United States and Canada. His experience includes time working as a practicing lawyer, a private environmental regulatory consultant for utilities, mining operations, petroleum refineries, pipelines and distribution terminals and as a economic and community development official for a regionally significant municipality, Duluth, Minnesota. At every stop, Mr. Lovely has most enjoyed work solving complex problems for real people, which he looks forward to doing in the Morehead office of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. Though he grew up in Lexington, Mr. Lovely’s roots run deep in Eastern Kentucky with family ties to Menifee County, Bath County, Rowan County, and Morgan County. Mr. Lovely received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Centre College and his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He is a licensed attorney in Kentucky. In addition, Mr. Lovely holds a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of WisconsinMadison