The Task Force on Rural Justice shall examine the current state of rural law practice in New York. Topics of investigation will include the impact of rural attorney shortages on access-to-justice, challenges in delivering legal services in rural areas, and the unique practice needs of rural practitioners. The Task Force will make recommendations for potential changes in law and public policy and will identify viable solutions to support rural law practice and greater access-to-justice in New York’s rural communities.
Report of the Task Force on Rural Justice
Approved by the House of Delegates on April 4, 2020
The report and recommendations of the Task Force on Rural Justice was adopted at the April 4, 2020 meeting of the House of Delegates.
The House of Delegates at its meeting on July 27, 2020 also adopted a resolution calling on the State of New York to to prioritize and appropriate funding sufficient toprovide affordable high speed broadband access to all corners of New York State, with emphasis and urgency on rural areas.
Task Force in the News
Bar association: Rural New York facing access-to-justice crisis, NY Daily Record July 3, 2019
Upstate’s Rural Towns Struggle with Shortage of Lawyers, Daily Star, July 26, 2019
The article also appeared in the Plattsburgh Press Republican and Niagara Gazette.
Non-Lawyer Justices Play Key Role in Rural Areas, Daily Record, August 2, 2019
Legal deserts: How Texas, New York are tackling the problem, ABA Journal, February 15, 2020