The dichotomy between the greater Portland area and Route One corridor, and Maine’s rural inland and Down East communities, is stark in many ways—economic, cultural, political, and spatial. These differences converge when it comes to the availability and accessibility of process and justice, and find particularly vivid expression in Maine’s well documented rural lawyer shortage. How is the rural lawyer shortage affecting Maine’s rural communities, what steps are being taken to address those problems, and what more can be done? In short, what can be done to ensure Maine’s rural communities are not denied an effective justice system?

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