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Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) Pro Bono Activities

Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service

Chairs: James B. McLindon


Jane Nosbisch

312 988-5754


541 N. Fairbanks Court Chicago IL 60611

LINK: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/lris/directory.html


In 1989 the ABA House of Delegates adopted the Model Supreme Court Rules Governing Lawyer Referral Services. A key provision of these rules promotes access to legal services through pro bono efforts.

Rule 9 of the Model Rules addresses funding of public service initiatives within the bar association:

"The income from any such percentage fee shall be used only to pay the reasonable operating expenses of the service and to fund public service activities of the service or its sponsoring organization, including the delivery of pro bono legal services."

The Committee's education efforts are aimed at providing information in order for the more than 300 public service lawyer referral services across this country to become self-sufficient entities that can support the "public service activities. pro bono legal services" of their respective sponsoring organizations. Additionally, a primary goal of the Committee's Program of Assistance and Review (PAR) consultants is to provide one-to-one consultation with the programs in order to further this goal.

Updated: 12/14/2006

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