Legal Deserts: Lawyers Are Fleeing Some Parts of This State, Leaving 1M People Unrepresented

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“We have 159 counties,” said Cobb County Magistrate Court Judge Tabitha Ponder. “For Fulton County alone to have about 40% of Georgia’s attorneys is not in proportion to the population.”

August 29, 2022 at 02:01 PM

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What You Need to Know

  • Georgia is home to legal deserts consisting of several counties containing few, if any, barred lawyers.
  • About a quarter of the state’s 159 counties have five or fewer jurists licensed with the State Bar of Georgia.
  • Baker, Clay, Glasscock, McIntosh, Schley and Webster counties are legal deserts lacking any lawyers, per the Georgia Legal Services Program.

What has deserts but very little sand? Georgian.

Lawyers are fleeing some parts of the state, creating “deserts” where more than 1 million people have no legal representation.

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