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More lawyers encouraged to participate in SBM’s Lawyer Referral Service

For new lawyers entering the legal profession, and even established attorneys, building a client base and can be a daunting task. Attorneys participating in the State Bar of Michigan’s Lawyer Referral Service, which pairs potential clients with attorneys specializing in their needs, called it a valuable tool in building their practice and providing important service to the public.

The Lawyer Referral Service addresses a critical need in the legal community by providing a streamlined avenue for individuals to find legal assistance. However, there simply aren’t enough participating attorneys to fill the public need. In the 2023 fiscal year, more than 2,600 potential clients could not be matched with a participating attorney.

The State Bar of Michigan is actively recruiting attorneys statewide in all practice areas to its Lawyer Referral Service panel.

The base registration fee for panel members is $150 annually and includes four practice areas and two judicial circuit designations. Additional judicial circuits may be purchased at $25 each or $300 for all judicial circuits in the state.

Becoming a panel member is easy and takes just three simple steps:?

1. Go to michbar.org/lrs and click “Sign up here.”

2. Complete your profile by identifying your practice areas and judicial circuits.

3. Check the online tracking system (or personal email) for referrals.

For additional information, please visit the State Bar of Michigan Lawyer Referral Service at michbar.org/lrs or contact Panel Coordinator Monique Smith at 517-346-6323 or msmith@michbar.org.?

Brunch for Bars hosted April 21

The State Bar of Michigan will host Brunch for Bars on Sunday, April 21, as an opportunity for bar leaders and members from around the state to network and collaborate. 

As is tradition, Brunch for Bars is set for the morning after the Wolverine Bar's Barristers' Ball.  The brunch will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Andiamo Detroit Riverfront - Renaissance Center Wintergarden, 400 Renaissance Center in Detroit.

The annual event is an opportunity for attendees to coalesce around shared goals while also enjoying delicious food.  Attire for the event is casual. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards to facilitate networking and continued conversations.

Cost to attend is $10 per person and registration is required. To register, visit www.michbar.org/diversity/brunch.

Parking is available at the Beaubien Place Garage, 238 Beaubien Blvd.  

For additional information about the brunch, contact mfriedman@michbar.org.

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