Where the Lawyers Are, 2012

Most people think we have too many lawyers.  In reality, we have a lawyer shortage, at least in many parts of Georgia.

Here’s a list (Link Below) of where the lawyers are/are not in Georgia and select poverty percentages by county.  Most of the counties lacking in lawyers have high poverty rates (counties in red and yellow).  Three of the five metro counties (in green) have high lawyer concentrations and poverty population percentages lower than the state average of 15.7%.  These are also the metro counties that enjoy the filing fee add-on for legal services because they have high populations that trigger the court filing fee add-on funding.  In the other 155 or so of Georgia’s counties, there is no add-on to court filing fees to raise funds for pro bono and legal aid.

In the absence of other resources for legal aid and pro bono– like filing fees, scarce rural lawyers are called upon to handle pro bono cases at a rate far beyond that of their large city counterparts.

Lawyer Demographics 2012 May


About ProBonoGA

Lawyer and justice architect wannabe... I am the pro bono director for Georgia Legal Services Program and direct a program that is funded by GLSP and the State Bar of Georgia. I am a lawyer licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia, and not in any other jurisdiction. Nothing posted on this blog should be considered legal advice. Your use of this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship with me. I do not have an active legal practice and do not have clients. I am not using this site to market to clients. I do not recommend attorneys or law firms. If I reference an attorney or a law firm in this blog, I do so to tell a story, make a point, or urge you to think about an issue presented by that attorney or law firm.
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