The Lawyer Referral Committee is responsible for monitoring and administering the Lawyer Referral Service – Attorney Connection.2009 Lawyer Referral Committee
No 2008 Report
2007 Lawyer Referral Committee Report
2007 brought a year of transition for what has been formerly known as Lawyer Referral. Anne Smith who had done an excellent job with our Lawyer Referral Program, left the Bar Association mid-year and we have transitioned to Courtney Neiderer. Courtney is doing an excellent job at picking up very quickly the procedures and the program. Our volume for referrals is coming back after a few slow months in the middle of the year
We continue to receive on an average 150 calls per month and we are referring out to attorneys in the range of 40 cases per month. I am somewhat disappointed in the lack of attorney participation. We only have approximately 30 attorneys participating in the program, which is significantly down from 2006 and years prior. In 2008 we will make a significant effort to increase membership within our own ranks.
We continue to work on marketing our program. We have retained our ads in the Yellow pages and have begun to run ads in the community. Also, we continue to supply information to the Judges, District Judges, all of the row offices and all of the outside agencies that have been supportive to us in the past. We continue to try to reach out to new segments of the community to try and improve on our level of referrals.
Many thanks to the members of our committee who have worked very hard throughout this year. Also many thanks to Courtney who has picked up the program very quickly. We look forward to another great year in 2008.
Craig S. Sharnetzka, Esq.,
Attorney Connection/Lawyer Referral Chair