The New York Times has a fascinating article on how South Dakota is offering a subsidy to lawyers to serve rural areas.
The new law, which will go into effect in June, requires a five-year commitment from the applicant and sets up a pilot program of up to 16 participants. They will receive an annual subsidy of $12,000, 90 percent of the cost of a year at the University of South Dakota Law School.
Here is my thought. Why not condition that subsidy on providing services to low income people at reduced cost. This might be a model for increasing access to justice at very low cost, at least in rural areas.