It sounds like the start of a bad lawyer joke, doesn’t it? But it’s a real situation in six counties in Georgia, and legal community leaders want to do something about it.

One is Patrise Perkins-Hooker, the state bar president who said when she took office in June that she wanted to bring lawyers to rural areas. Our reporter Katheryn Hayes Tucker was covering the bar convention in June and was intrigued by this challenge. She spoke to a host of bar and legal aid officials in Atlanta about the issue. Then our regional editor in chief, George Haj, encouraged Kathy to head to south Georgia to find out what the story looked like on the ground. Today we’re proud to present her report, along with wonderful images of the landscape and its people by our photographer, John Disney.

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