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Bar Association of San Francisco Member Benefits: Publications

Refer with Confidence to the Lawyer Referral and Information Service


By Emmy Pasternak, Community Outreach and Case Development Coordinator, LRIS

The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service is a non-profit public service, assisting the community since 1946. Staffed by highly trained, customer service oriented, multilingual legal interviewers, LRIS is the place to refer clients whose legal needs fall outside your area of practice. A referral to LRIS is a referral you can make with confidence. Each client is treated with dignity, respect, and with the goal of providing the best possible referral for their legal matter. The legal interviewers provide a calming voice for a client in crisis and clear case summaries to our attorney members.

Every year, LRIS handles approximately 50,000 phone and email inquiries. Referring a client to LRIS is more than providing a trusted source to guide your client to the care and assistance he or she needs. Making a referral to LRIS means that you are supporting the many programs and services you likely care about. Revenues generated from attorneys’ fees in highly successful cases help to fund BASF’s charitable programs, including the Volunteer Legal Services Program and Diversity Pipeline Programs.

These programs provide legal representation to the underserved, help kids get to college, fund scholarships for law students, and educate young adults about their rights.

Refer a client, a friend, family member, or use the service for your own legal needs.

Customer surveys and continuous oversight of all referred cases ensure that every client receives the highest standard of care and representation.

If you would like more information about LRIS, please visit our website at
Interested in becoming a member of this state and nationally recognized service? Contact Yvonne Ng, LRIS Membership Coordinator, at 415-782-9000 x8750 or or find more information at

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