May 15, 2017

6,250:1: Remaining Relevant as a Rural Lawyer? It’s All About Ratios

Wm. Blake Montgomery

I am twenty-four years old and have been practicing law in rural Hope, Arkansas, for approximately 19 months. After graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, I immediately opened my solo law practice in Hope. At that time, there were three lawyers practicing law “full time” and two lawyers who provided very limited representation to a select few clients. I became the fourth full-time private practice lawyer to serve all of Hempstead County’s 25,000 residents. That would make my individual share of the population to be approximately 6,250 people.

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