In February, a potential client approached second-year lawyer Jnana Settle with a difficult legal question she couldn’t answer: Had an employer violated privacy laws by telling all of the potential client’s co-workers that she had been out with shingles?

This would have been an easier question for Settle to handle a year ago when she worked in a big downtown Dallas law firm—a mere walk down the hallway to a more senior lawyer’s office for consultation would have lead her in the right direction. But now that Settle is making her way as a solo practitioner in suburban Murphy, there are no other lawyers within shouting distance to ask.

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