Are you ready to grow your practice?
Join the Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) today and expand your client base.
LRIS has connected thousands of attorneys to over a million consumers!
The SDCBA's LRIS is San Diego county's largest and most active lawyer referral service. LRIS has revised the criteria for its 40 panels (Subject Matter Panels) to fit the changing needs of today's legal market. Attorneys with 3-5 years' experience can now join LRIS and grow their referral network.
Interested in joining LRIS?
All 40 panels have different criteria. To see the full summary: Subject Matter Panels.
Please download and complete the following. These 6 items will comprise your complete application:
1. General Application: Please complete and return the two-page LRIS general application Attorney Application (this application once downloaded is a fillable PDF);
3. Subject Specific Panel Application. Applications to join each specific subject panel can be found here: Panel Applications
4. Letters of Recommendation: Please provide two letters of recommendation detailing your professional qualifications for each panel application submitted: Letters of Recommendation.
5. Resume: Please also provide your current resume or CV.
6. Proof of Insurance: Please provide proof of your current malpractice coverage.
Please send your complete application along with a (1) non-refundable membership fee ($125 for SDCBA Members or $350.00 for Non-SDCBA members) and (2) a non-refundable application fee of $50 per panel application to the SDCBA attention:
LRIS Director San Diego County Bar Association
401 West A Street, Ste. 1100
San Diego, CA 92101
Please make all checks payable to the SDCBA
LRIS applications are reviewed at the LRIS committee meetings on the fourth Monday of every month. Deadline for submission is the 15th of each month. LRIS will notify you when your application for membership has been approved.
Please see the LRIS FAQ's sidebar. If you have any additional questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact LRIS directly at 619-321-4150 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: The information contained in the following articles on various subject areas of law is to aid your general understanding of these issues only. This information does not constitute legal advice and should not be depended upon for that purpose.
The Courts, sometimes referred to in these articles, may change procedures, available services, hours of operation, availability of classes, etc., at any time. Additionally, laws are constantly changing and may at any time render the information in these articles obsolete. For legal advice please consult and hire an attorney from LRIS.
How to Join LRIS FAQ
How long does it take for my LRIS membership application to be processed?
It takes about one month for applications to be processed. The LRIS Committee reviews all completed membership 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. Along with the completed LRIS membership application, 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 Sheila Denessen, CISR at (858) 514-7131 or via e-mail at email@example.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 a 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, then the fee to join LRIS is $125 annually.
What happens if I go through the process and my LRIS membership application is rejected?
Do I get my money back? If your panel application is rejected, then 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.