Task Force on Rural Justice

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.

New York State Bar Association to Examine the State of Rural Law Practice, NYSBA News Release, July 2, 2019 


Lawyers Retire, Move Out of Rural Upstate NY at Alarming Pace, New York Law Journal, July 1, 2019

Bar association: Rural New York facing access-to-justice crisis, NY Daily Record July 3, 2019

Task Force Eyes Dearth of Rural Lawyers, Register Star, July 5, 2019

‘Crisis Point’ Approaches as Rural N.Y. Loses its Lawyers, Albany Times Union, July 21, 2019

NYS Bar Association to Examine State of Rural Law Practice, The Spectator, July 25, 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

Rural America: Are the Pastures Greener? (Letter to the Editor), New York Times, July 28, 2019

Could a Lawyer Shortage Compromise Vermont’s Criminal Justice System?, WCAX CBS-3, July 29, 2019 

Non-Lawyer Justices Play Key Role in Rural Areas, Daily Record, August 2, 2019

Towns and Villages: Lawyer Shortage Underscores Need for Non-Attorney Justice, New York Law Journal, August 2, 2019

No Country for Rural Lawyers: Small-town attorneys still find it hard to thrive, ABA Journal, February 1, 2020

Legal deserts: How Texas, New York are tackling the problem, ABA Journal, February 15, 2020

Task Force Roster