Lawyers Journal

My Bar Access launch means enhanced member-to-member interaction

The Massachusetts Bar Association last month launched My Bar Access, an online community exclusive the MBA member that replaces the Section/Division portion of the MBA website. The growing number of members who have taken simple steps to set up profiles and use the online community have shared positive feedback.

"So far I am really liking this update! I am a new attorney so I did not spend too much time on the older version of the website, but I am finding this much more interactive and easier to navigate! Well done," posted MBA Young Lawyers Division member Helen Partlow, who recently joined the MBA.

Discussions (also known as listservs) and blogs are the most popular features being used by Partlow and other members who have begun conversations with MBA peers through My Bar Access. Members can also benefit from using resource libraries and announcements to share information.

My Bar Access profiles can be set-up by pulling in work experience and biographical information from LinkedIn profiles, which helps to quicken the process.

The following simple steps can instantly connect users with fellow members at http://access.massbar.org:

  1. Login and agree to terms: Sign in using your MBA user name and password and sign the Code of Conduct.
  2. Create your profile and settings: Include your bio and photo and customize the frequency and format of your notifications (your profile info from LinkedIn may be pulled over).
  3. Start connecting: Post blogs, discussions (listservs) or upload a resource library entry for your section(s).
  4. Helpful materials, including "Getting Started on My Bar Access" and "How to Use My Bar Access," which are posted in the Resource Center and in various areas throughout the site, can help users with questions. Following a review of those resources, members who need further help should contact the My Bar Access Help Desk at 
[e-mail mybaraccess].
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