Increasing Access to Legal Services in Rural Areas

A State-Level Approach in South Dakota

Ryan Cwach, Kelsea Kenzy Sutton, and Rachelle Norberg
The Rural Attorney Recruitment Program addresses the shortage of lawyers practicing in small communities and rural areas of South Dakota.

The Rural Attorney Recruitment Program addresses the shortage of lawyers practicing in small communities and rural areas of South Dakota.

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Millions of people live in rural areas throughout the states. These people, like everyone else, need access to legal services, but providing them those services is challenging. South Dakota is one state addressing that issue through its Rural Attorney Recruitment Program (RARP). Here are the stories of three South Dakota attorneys and how they found success one, five, and eight years after graduating from law school. They have survived tornados, thrown justice fireballs, and been elected as leaders in their communities. Some attorneys have found their own path; others have joined RARP. Their work illustrates the types of legal and financial services needed in rural areas.

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