Jewish Lawyer Network "Client Connect Service" ( client Attorney Matching service) Find a Jewish lawyer
Client lawyer connect is a data coordination and client Attorney matching service.The goal is to help individuals find a Jewish Lawyer . Potential clients contact client/lawyer connect by email and /or phone. When a potential client contacts client connect, information is gathered concerning his/her legal needs. This information is then sent by email to more then one attorney on the panel for response. Attorneys are selected based on their listed practice areas, office location, expertise and office response history.
Client/Lawyer connect obtains random feedback from potential clients periodically.
Jewish lawyer network believes that an important means for the legal profession to fulfill its responsibility to make legal counsel available to members of the public is through an effective lawyer client matching service whose Attorney members respond quickly to potential clients and whose office staff are client oriented.
THE JEWISH ATTORNEY NETWORK CLIENT CONNECT SERVICE.
A person seeking a lawyer who contacts the attorney network will provide information concerning his/her legal problem. This will be forwarded to a screening team.
Emails will sent to a participant-members of the Network based on field of lawyer and expertise. Members will contact the potential client. All callers will be made aware of the process and expect a lawyer or lawyers to respond to their request for legal counsel. This may be done via phone or email response. Currently 90% of callers are finding Jewish Lawyer Network "online". The remainder are coming from word of mouth or local sister organizations
THE JEWISH LAWYER NETWORK PANEL.
A. Any LAWYER who is duly admitted to practice, who is a member of the Bar in good standing, may apply as a participating attorney on the Service panel. For good cause and within strict guidelines , the network may approve a reasonable limitation on the number of lawyers to be enrolled on a panel , provided such limitation is in the public interest .
B. Applications for membership shall be in such form as may be approved by the network
C. In submitting the application for membership on the panel, the attorney-applicant shall affirm that the attorney is a member in good standing of the Bar and may list those areas of legal practice in which the attorney desires and is qualified to accept clients.
D. The Network may require a statement of financial responsibility (may be in affidavit form) or professional liability (Malpractice) insurance in a minimum amount to be established by the service as condition for membership on the panel .
E. A participating attorney, in filing the application to become a member of the panel agrees that:
Any charge for services beyond the initial consultation will be as agreed between the attorney and client This fee will be fixed as clearly as possible during the initial office consultation.
The attorney will permit any dispute concerning fees arising from a client retained to be submitted to binding arbitration if the client so petitions.
The attorney will grant every client sent by the network an appointment as soon as practicable after a request is made.
The attorney will abide by all rules of the Network and will in no event hold or claim to hold the Network, or any of their officers, members or employees liable in connection with the operation of the Network or the use of information contained in any application or report furnished to the Network.
The attorney will proceed with due diligence and will not neglect any matter sent by the Network. Responses should be immediate or as soon as feasible but no more then 24 hours from the contact.
FEES FOR PANEL JEWISH ATTORNEY NETWORK MEMBERSHIP.
Each participating attorney of the Network will pay the Network a non-refundable membership fee ,to be determined by Jewish Lawyers Network .
WITHDRAWAL FROM A JEWISH LAWYER NETWORK PANEL, MEMBERSHIP
A participating attorney may at any time withdraw from participation in the client connect panel upon ten days written notice to the Network No refunds or exceptions to ten day prior notice rule . This applies to client/lawyer Connect only and not general membership
OPERATION OF THE JEWISH LAWYER NETWORK PANEL.
A.Client Connects be made to members of the panel in in the geographic area closest to where the clients issue has occurred. A participating attorney who is constantly slow to respond may be moved to the bottom of the client connect list. Each panel member shall respond to the client connect email confirming receipt and advising of when contact shall be made.
B. Participating attorneys will accept clients for an initial interview in those areas of the law with respect to which they have indicated in their applications they are willing and competent. However, should any client connect give rise to a conflict of interest, the participating attorney will contact the network. Nothing in the Plan will be construed to obligate a panel member to accept employment beyond the initial consultation.
JEWISH LAWYER NETWORK CLIENT CONNECT PROCEDURES.
Procedures will be maintained to assure that each client connect is made in a fair and impartial manner to all panel members. Procedures shall be designed to respond to all known circumstances of the client, including the subject of the legal problem presented, geographical convenience of the client, language needs, ability to pay for desired services, and where the issue has occurred.
The Network will be publicized in such manner and to such extent as will fulfill its purposes and objectives, consistent with the Code of Professional Responsibility for each state .
JEWISH LAWYER NETWORK SURVEYS. The Network will periodically survey client satisfaction with its operations and shall investigate and take appropriate action regarding any complaints against panelists , the the client connect program or its employees . The survey may take place by mail or by telephone , and need not involve every client .
Procedures for JEWISH LAWYER NETWORK MEMBERSHIP DENIAL, SUSPENSION OR REMOVAL.
A. An applicant will be denied participation in the Service and a participating panel attorney will be automatically suspended or removed from the Service panel under the following circumstances:
(1) Suspension or disbarment from practice;
(2) Conviction of a felony in any jurisdiction;
(3) Failure to maintain professional liability insurance or offer proof of financial responsibility, in the minimum amount as may be established by the service; or
(4) Failure to pay the panel fee.
B. An applicant may be denied participation in the Service and a participating panel attorney may be suspended or removed from the Service panel under any of the following circumstances:
(1) Repeated slow responses to client inquiries. Repeated rejections of client connect contacts. Not responding to client connect emails and confirming receipt.
(2) Institution of criminal charges against the attorney involving moral turpitude, theft, embezzlement or fraudulent appropriation of property;
(3) Submission of an application or report or furnishing of information by the attorney to the Service which is false in any material respect;
(4) Failure to cooperate with the client connect program in the investigation and resolution of a client complaint;
(5) Imposition of disciplinary action of censure or its equivalent by an Appellate Division of a State or disciplinary body of another state for violations of applicable rules governing professional conduct;
(6) Engaging in conduct harmful or injurious to the objectives, reputation or interests of the Service and profession;
(7) Repeated client complaints;
(8) Failure to file timely reports and summaries required by the client connect program;
(9) Failure to timely pay fees due to Jewish lawyers Network
(10) Failure otherwise to comply with the Rules of the Network or other good cause as determined by the service.
C.(1) The Network shall be empowered to temporarily suspend a participating panel attorney for a violation enumerated under subdivision B of this section, provided that notification of such action and the applicable violation is provided to the attorney within 48 hours of the suspension.
(2) The participating attorney shall have the opportunity to respond to the network in writing, with such response to be submitted within 15 days of the receipt of notice from the network.
(3) Panel members, once suspended will remain on the membership directory listed as general membership. They will not be eligible for client connect leads.
(4) The participating attorney may appeal the determination of the service. AMENDMENT. The rules and procedures for the Network set forth in this Plan may be amended as long as any amendment is consistent with the purposes and objectives of the client /Lawyer connect matching Service.
Jewish Lawyer Network is interested in feedback and comments regarding the panel membership rules
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