"Providing equal justice for poor and rich, weak and powerful alike is an age-old problem. People have never ceased to hope and strive to move closer to that goal." Griffin v. Illinois, 351 U. S. 12, 16 (1956). The Duke Law Journal presents this report of its survey study of the legal problems of the rural poor. It is an attempt initially to lend some insight into the kinds of problems, the methods of resolution, the utilization of services, and the perception of legal or other remedies common to the rural poverty group. The second phase of the study is devoted to assessing the ability of various community leadership figures and service agencies to assist in problem solving by either their own efforts or appropriate referrals. Finally, the activity of the local bar in serving the needs of the poor was evaluated, and suggestions are offered for the problem areas most in need of attention.

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