Too many rural Nebraska counties have no practicing lawyers. Others don’t have enough to handle the legal work demands in the county.
Nebraska State Bar Association President Michael Fenner says the reality of accessing a lawyer in rural Nebraska hit home to him during a drive to a recent speaking engagement at the University of South Dakota. . .
Fenner says the perspective grows worse when you consider that many of those rural counties without attorneys are neighbors, leaving whole swaths of the state without legal representation. . .
The state bar association will use a 15-Thousand dollar grant from the American Bar Association to provide incentives to rural law firms to hire summer law clerks…as well as to offset the living expenses of the law students who clerk in under-served counties.
Fenner says the association believes if students get a taste for rural life, they might well like it and establish practices there.