With the surge of the Internet and rapid changes in today's business world, we know you look to the MBA for information and services that can help get the most out of your law practice. No matter what membership category you fall under, or whether you work for a large, solo or small firm, we want to provide you with tools to best use your most valuable resources - time and money.
As I mentioned in a previous column, the MBA is preparing to introduce the ultimate member benefit - the Casemaker Online Law Library - in Fall 2002. For attorneys who use any of the commercial online legal-research services, Casemaker will provide a unique opportunity to save time and money by allowing MBA members to do a significant amount of their legal research for free through the MBA's Web site.
For an online demonstration of the power and ease of Casemaker, go to the association's homepage (www.MassBar.org) and click on the Casemaker logo, or type http://massbar.org/casemaker/ into your Web browser address line. There you will find details on the legal materials available on Casemaker (including Massachusetts and federal law and comparable case law from most of the other New England states) as well as step-by-step descriptions of the many features and search functions that are built into Casemaker to make your research easy and accurate.
While we refer to Casemaker as the "ultimate" member benefit, it isn't the only special service the MBA offers - or that we're looking to offer - to members. We are actively exploring new benefits that could improve your law practice management. At the same time, we are reevaluating our current range of offerings. And we need your help.
Over the summer, we will mail a survey to a broad sampling of the association's membership. The survey will ask questions about the products, services and discount programs now provided by the MBA and those under consideration.
We haven't surveyed our members since 1996, so this is an important opportunity for us to find out what you would like to see in the package of MBA benefits. While we believe our current benefit programs are top-notch, we know there is always room for enhancement.
I want to thank you in advance for helping us with this effort. The benefits-and-programs survey will aid us in improving our member services, and no one knows the way for the MBA to grow better than our members!
Mass. Law Calendar debuts
If you are looking for law-related events happening around the state, you now need look no farther than the MBA's own Web site. Click on the new Mass. Law Calendar at http://massbar.org/calendar/ to find out about events, meetings, seminars, CLE offerings and more taking place today, next week, next month or beyond.
And, if you have an event that's open to colleagues anywhere in the state, follow the easy links to list your event for free. If you have questions about Mass. Law Calendar, call Jean Stevens in the Boston office at (617) 338-0641 or Pat Plasse in Springfield at (413) 731-5134.