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How To Join LRIS

Join our program and expand your client list and be part of San Diego County's largest and most active lawyer referral service.

If you are interested in joining LRIS, please complete and return the two page membership application, the panel application(s), including two letters of recommendation of professional qualifications for each panel application submitted, the membership checklist, your proof of malpractice coverage, along with a non-refundable registration fee: $125 for San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Members or $350.00 for Non-SDCBA members. There is also a non-refundable application fee of $50 per panel application. The check should be made payable to the San Diego County Bar Association.

  1. Attorney Application - Download and fill out the agreement in full
  2. Membership Checklist - Download and fill out the agreement in full
  3. Errors & Omission Insurance Letter
  4. San Diego Rules of Operation
  5. California State Bar Minimum Standards
  6. Subject Matter Panels
  7. Panel Applications - You must first choose a panel. Select your desired practice, download application, fill out and follow the rest of the steps below.
  8. Letters of Recommendation - must send back (2)
  9. Professional resume or CV-send us your current resume

Mail your forms and your check to:
Michelle Chavez, LRIS Director
San Diego County Bar Association - LRIS
401 West A Street, Ste. 1100
San Diego, CA 92101

Applications are reviewed for membership at the LRIS committee meetings on the fourth Monday of every month. Deadline for submission is the 15th of each month. We will notify you when your application for membership has been approved.


How long does it take for my application to be processed?
It takes about one month for applications to be processed. The LRIS Committee reviews all completed applications on the 4th Monday of each month. All applications must be received by the second week of each month.

How many referrals will I receive each month?
The number of referrals varies by each area of law. Some areas of law are busier than others and will receive more referrals. To get an idea of how many calls each area of law receives each month, it is best to contact the LRIS Director for specific information.

What are the insurance requirements?
The State Bar Minimum Standards indicates that each Lawyer Referral Service must require each panel member to possess a policy of errors and omissions insurance in an amount not less than $100,000 for each occurrence and $300,000 aggregate per year. You can submit a Certificate of Insurance or a cover sheet of your policy indicating the dates of coverage, the person insured, and the amounts of coverage. You are required to make the Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the San Diego County Bar Association a certificate holder on your policy. The coverage must be in existence during your participation on the panel and should it lapse, you are obligated to immediately notify the Service.

What if I do not have an insurance carrier? Do you have any suggestions?
If you do not have an errors and omissions policy, the San Diego County Bar Association does offer liability insurance through Ahern Insurance Brokerage. For more information on AIB professional liability insurance, please contact Ellen Ahern at (858) 514-7103 or via e-mail at eahern@aherninsurance.com.

Can I submit an attorney recommendation from an attorney that is a business partner?
No, we require that the attorney recommendation be from a colleague with whom you do not have business relationship. We want to verify that attorneys have witnessed your work and professionalism. We want to ensure that all attorneys on the service are qualified and professional at all times.

Does the recommendation have to be from an attorney in the same area of practice that I am applying for?
Yes, we require that the attorney recommendation be from an attorney who has witnessed your work.

Do I have to be a member of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) to join LRIS?
No, you do not have to be a member of SDCBA to join LRIS. However, the registration fee is slightly higher to join at $350 annually for Non-SDCBA members. If you are a member of SDCBA the fee to join LRIS is only a $125 annually.

What happens if I go through the process and my application is rejected? Do I get my money back?
If you panel application is rejected the LRIS Committee will send you a letter indicating further clarification on your application and ask for you to re-submit your application with more details. However, your registration and application fee is non-returnable.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact LRIS directly at 619-321-4150 or via e-mail at mchavez@sdcba.org.



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