On October 16, 2020, the Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service held its Pre-Workshop Lawyer Referral Nuts and Bolts Training. This year’s attendance was 52 attendees, which is an increase of 325% over last year’s registration of 16 attendees. In addition, the National Lawyer Referral Workshop, which opened with remarks from ABA President Patricia Lee Refo, was held October 22 – 23, 2020. There were 87 attendees participating in Workshop, which featured sessions on marketing your lawyer referral program, recruitment and retention and panel members, and re-regulation efforts related to lawyer referral. This constitutes a 150% increase over last year’s attendance.
On October 26, 2020, staff counsel to the committee presented at the National Association of Bar Executives Small Bar Townhall on “Tips, Trends, and Practices in Lawyer Referral.” Included in the presentation was information on recruiting lawyers for subject matter panels, re-regulation efforts related to lawyer referral, information on access to justice for moderate income people, and information on fee sharing and percentage fees.