Under the Lawyers for Resource Justice initiative, I am in contact with many small, grassroots organizations working on land and natural resource issues. One of the largest challenges many of these groups face is the lack of legal professionals in their organization and in their area. For example, one organization working on land conflict in a Kiteto district in Tanzania reports that there is only 1 licensed lawyer for three entire districts in their region. So whenever they have a need for legal support, such as filing a court case, there is a bottle-neck as they wait for access to this one licensed lawyer. They want to find ways to support more people in their district to become advocates - either trained as lawyers or paralegals.
Does anyone know of programs or models designed to increase access to legal training, with the aim of producing more legal advocates for under-served rural areas?