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.