2015 - 16 Lawyer Referral Service Committee



To oversee the ABA-approved program that provides those who can afford to pay an established reasonable fee to a referred lawyer who shall provide a consultation.






2015-16 Chair

2015-16 Vice-Chair

Dexter G. Benoit

P. Doughton Horton








Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Sabrina Blain

Erica R. Nesmith

Russell P. Blaise

Matthew A. Fleishman

Corey V. Parton

Matthew Dellinger

Denzil H. Forrester

Michael J. Rousseaux

Mandana D. Vidwan

Stratford N. Kiger

Son Thai Tran

Mallory A. Willink




Staff Liaison

Breanne Mercer, Legal Services & Referral Assistant Coordinator, bmercer@meckbar.org



Volunteer Need / Commitment

Members of the Lawyer Referral Service Committee attend bi-monthly committee meetings, monitor budget and finances of program, oversee panel membership rules and regulations, assist in marketing initiatives and evaluate program's effectiveness at year's end. Interested in joining this committee? 

 Complete the committee interest form.






2014-15 Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Committee Report
Kerry B. Everett, Chair & Dexter G. Benoit, Vice-Chair


LRS Panel Membership hit an all-time high in 2014-15 with over 100 attorneys joining the service.  The LRS Committee focused its efforts on marketing the service and collecting commissions from attorneys in the service.  LRS staff welcomed Charlotte School of Law interns, who assisted in administrative functions and helped staff the phones, gaining the invaluable experience of interacting with clients directly. 



2014-15 Highlights

·      The LRS reached 107% of its goal for commissions and 144% of its goal for panel dues.

·      LRS Panel Members earned nearly $250,000.00 in attorneys fees from LRS referrals.

·      The LRS Panel Member of the Year was awarded to Sheila G. Passenant for her loyalty to the LRS, willingness to go the extra mile for the LRS, availability to LRS staff and clients, advocacy for the program, submitting commissions in a timely manner and willingness to mentor new LRS Panel Members