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Rural Lawyer Dilemma: Burke's Legal Profession Faces Aging Workforce and Youth Attraction Challenge

By MARTY QUEEN

Senior Reporter

Posted 12/9/23

There are no wild-growing Saguaro cacti in Burke. No sidewinder rattlesnakes. No scorpions. No gila monsters. But it’s a desert just the same: A legal desert. Burke, home to nearly 90,000 residents, had just 76 lawyers when the American Bar Association last conducted a study in 2020.

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