In a Landmark Partnership, Legalmatch to Provide NACDL Members with Robust Client Acquisition and Management Solutions

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LegalMatch formalizes an affinity partnership with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

LegalMatch, the company that pioneered use of the Internet to connect qualified attorneys with clients needing representation, has formalized an affinity partnership with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the nation's foremost legal defense organization. The 13,000 members of the NACDL will now gain preferred access to LegalMatch's growing spectrum of innovative client acquisition tools, services and activities.

"This partnership is an important achievement for LegalMatch," said Peter Reis, LegalMatch Director of the NACDL Affinity Partnership. "We look forward to helping the NACDL fulfill its mission of protecting people's right to justice and due process by providing them improved access to qualified representation."

The LegalMatch client acquisition model allows both attorneys and consumers to make informed choices when embarking on a relationship, increasing each party's efficiency while maintaining anonymity and discretion. The clients gain key information, including attorney background profiles and fee schedules that help them make the right choice—information that traditional channels such as the Yellow Pages do not provide. LegalMatch's pre-screening capabilities allow attorneys to focus on clients that are most appropriate for their practice and needs, saving time and resources.

"LegalMatch has proven that it can effectively support and expedite the process of gaining representation for the accused, an often underserved segment of American society," said Ralph Grunewald, NACDL Executive Director. "We look forward to using the efficiencies that LegalMatch has developed to bring mutual advantages to our attorney members and to those they serve."

Through the partnership, LegalMatch will also make available to NACDL members a number of additional benefits, including lines of credit through a LegalMatch Financial Services partner, for accommodating membership fees and other business costs.

About LegalMatch

Established in 1999, with a formal site-launch in 2000, LegalMatch is the nation's premier provider of online legal services. LegalMatch is the best place for consumers to find the right attorney and for attorneys to build and focus a practice. Corporate offices are located in San Francisco and Los Angeles. For more information regarding the company or this initiative, please contact Don Keane, Vice-President of Marketing at (415) 946-0855.

About the NACDL

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is the preeminent organization in the United States advancing the mission of the nation's criminal defense lawyers to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or other misconduct. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's more than 12,500 direct members-and 90 state, local, and international affiliate organizations with another 35,000 members-include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, active U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness within America's criminal justice system.

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