To assess the legal needs of rural communities within New York state, as well as to expand support for rural legal practitioners, Albany Law School will hold the “Summit on Legal Support and Outreach for Rural New York” on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
At the “Summit on Legal Support and Outreach for Rural New York,” New York’s district attorneys, judges, legal practitioners, public defenders, county bar associations and non-profit legal advocates such as the Rural Law Center will determine the most pressing needs of the state’s rural communities, make recommendations and develop a plan of action. The summit will examine the current state of the rural New York’s legal community and examine the scope of the decline of the number of attorneys in rural New York.
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“Ultimately, we want to understand the legal gaps faced by New York’s rural communities in order to implement a Rural Practice Fellowship, in which law school graduates spend two years pursuing their careers in rural areas with the guidance of a seasoned attorney,” said Penelope Andrews, president and dean of Albany Law School. “The fellowship program will address two issues: it will create additional support for currently rural attorneys, and it will expand employment opportunities for law graduates through the existing network of practicing attorneys.”