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Bar News - August 20, 2014

Rural Lawyer Initiative Draws Media Attention

Photo courtesy of Brady Carlson.
New Hampshire Public Radio last month featured NHBA President Lisa Wellman-Ally in a spotlight on her initiative that aims to bring more lawyers to the state’s rural areas.

Wellman-Ally talked about how residents in rural areas often have difficulty traveling long distances to receive legal help when they need it.

“If you had an ongoing legal issue it could become quite onerous to try to arrange transportation,” she told Brady Carlson, host of NHPR’s All Things Considered. “If you do have your own transportation, gas is quite expensive these days... some people are faced with the decision, do I meet with a lawyer or feed my kids today? The fact that you don’t have an attorney right down the street can really jeopardize your rights.”

The initiative will encourage newer and mid-career lawyers to consider rural practice and provide them resources and information to help them get established.

A steering committee of experienced and newer rural practitioners has begun meeting to design the effort. Contact for more information.

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