TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Jul 30, 2020

While nationwide, there are roughly four lawyers for every 1,000 residents, a new report from the ABA says there are broad swaths of the country that have few or no lawyers. In fact, of the country’s 3,100 counties, 54 have not a single lawyer, and another 182 have just one or two lawyers, according to 2020 Profile of the Legal Profession. “Most people think the access-to-justice problem is strictly urban, but that’s far from true,” ABA President Judy Perry Martinez told Bob Ambrogi in his LawSites blog. “In fact, nearly every state in the nation has large stretches of rural counties with few lawyers – or no lawyers at all.” The report shows that in Tennessee there are 2.8 lawyers for every 1,000 people.