Lawyer Referral Panel

The State Bar of Michigan recently launched its Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Panel Member Portal. The LRS is a state-of-the-art service designed to match members of the public who need a lawyer and can afford to pay for legal services with a qualified lawyer with the relevant practice-area expertise who is willing to assist the consumer.

Callers can request a referral by calling our toll free number (800) 968-0738 or by submitting an online referral request. Once a match is located, the caller will pay a $25 administrative referral fee, which entitles the caller to a consultation of up to 25 minutes with a lawyer. Two full-time referral assistants field referral requests from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. A key feature of the LRS program is the free-of-charge, publicly available enhanced profiles in the SBM online Member Directory. Panel members participating in the LRS program must have an enhanced profile, including a current photo.

The new online Lawyer Referral Service portal has been designed and built for the 21st century lawyer in mind. The new system uses emerging technology which has improved the intake process for consumers, provides a better match of consumers to attorneys, and has automated the administrative process for our panel members. The new paperless LRS Panel Member Portal allows participating lawyers to easily track and manage referrals, modify practice areas, and pay fees online.

If you are an active member of the State Bar and in good standing, and maintain malpractice insurance, you are eligible to become a LRS panel member and receive referrals. We welcome your participation, which serves as an opportunity for you to enhance your practice at a nominal fee.

Please review the LRS rules below (including the eligibility requirements and conditions of panel membership) before applying. For your reference, we have also provided a Quick Reference Guide with some of our frequently asked questions.

Visit the State Bar of Michigan Legal Resource and Referral Center website to register to become a LRS Panel member at Once you are on the website, click on Login in the upper right corner. The entire registration process is done online.

LRS Rules
Quick Reference Guide/FAQ
Areas of Practices (for reference)

Additional Information
Become a Modest Means Program Panel Member

If you have questions about the LRS program, the Modest Means Program, or the registration process, please contact:

Janna Sheppard
LRS Coordinator
(517) 346-6357