Become a Pilot LRS Panel Member

The State Bar of Michigan recently launched its Pilot Lawyer Referral Service program (Pilot LRS). The Pilot LRS program’s aim is to assist members of the public who need a lawyer and can afford to pay for legal services. Callers request a referral by calling our toll free number (800) 968-0738 or by submitting an online referral request, and they pay a $25 administrative referral fee for up to a 25 minute consultation with a lawyer. Two full-time referral assistants field referral requests from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. A key feature of the Pilot LRS program is the free-of-charge, publicly-available enhanced profiles in the SBM online Member Directory. Panel members participating in the pilot program must have an enhanced profile, including a current photo.

The Pilot LRS program will last 9 -12 months, until the new online Lawyer Referral Service system being designed and built is ready to replace it. The new system will use emerging technology to improve the intake process for consumers, provide a better match of consumers to attorneys, and automate the administrative process for panel members. We will use data gathered during the pilot to help design the final lawyer referral model.

If you are an active member of the State Bar and in good standing, and maintain malpractice insurance, you are eligible to become a Pilot LRS panelist 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 (including the eligibility requirements and conditions of panel membership) before you apply. Mail the completed registration form, the $75 annual registration fee, and the required supporting documents to the State Bar of Michigan (ATTN: Finance Department), 306 Townsend St., Lansing, MI 48933-2012.

Register to become a LRS Pilot panelist today!

Registration Form & Pilot LRS Rules
Pilot LRS Rules

If you have questions about the Pilot LRS program/registration process, please contact:

Nkrumah Johnson-Wynn
Assistant General Counsel
(517) 346-6310

Janna Sheppard
Administrative Assistant
(517) 346-6357