Crisis Point Approaches as Rural NY Loses its Lawyers

By Robert Gavin

The Albany Times Union reported on the crisis affecting rural law practices and quoted President Greenberg on the Task Force on Rural Justice. (may require subscription)

Practicing law in the country can make for a nice life.

Small-town lawyers know their clients as friends and neighbors. They make a difference in tight-knit communities where their children go to school. The commute to work is a breeze.

It sounds like the world of a Norman Rockwell painting. But if so, it is a world few young lawyers in New York state apparently want to be part of — a sobering reality that threatens to devastate rural justice in communities from the outskirts of the Capital Region to western New York, according to a recent survey of hundreds of lawyers.

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