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 TECHNOLOGY TALK:

BY JOHN ANDERSON  

Have You Visited MSBA.org Lately?

Member-Only Services
Visit the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) to access these valuable benefits available only to members of the MSBA.

bullet Electronic Bar Briefs (EBB). This is an e-mail service that delivers short synopses of each Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals decision in a given practice area. The staff at The Daily Record receives each court opinion the day it is issued, generates a short description of the case and the holding, and then the synopsis is broadcast directly to your e-mail box.
 
bullet Ethics Opinions. The MSBA Ethics Committee issues written opinions on the proper interpretation of the Rules of Professional Conduct. You can search these using the ethics search engine or by browsing opinions by year. There is also an Ethics Index available. All Ethics Opinions from 1966 on are available online at www.msba.org/?ethics.

The Ethics Committee also provides advice on the interpretation and application of the Rules through the Ethics Hotline. The contact persons for the Hotline change each month; Hotline representatives can be found in the Bar Bulletin, MSBA's monthly newsletter, or online at www.msba.org/?hotline.
 
bullet Mentoring Program. The Mentoring Program provides a resource for attorneys to seek and receive counseling, guidance, and a learning relationship. The less-experienced attorney can seek guidance in general areas and discuss one or more of the following areas: practical practice and law office management-related issues; issues involving such matters as personnel, escrow or other accounts; substantive areas of the law and related procedural issues; appropriate and professional conduct and how to deal with inappropriate conduct; the importance and means of being involved in Bar and community activities and in developing a support network for an attorney's practice.
 

Publications
The Maryland Bar Journal is MSBA's showcase publication. It is a bimonthly, four-color magazine, averaging 64 pages per issue. The Journal keeps members abreast of legal trends, informed about updates and changes in the law. Most issues contain seven to eight feature stories addressing various aspects of the Journal theme. The Journal is designed in an attractive, easy-to-read format and is written by volunteer attorneys; it also carries professional advertising. You can view the table of contents for the current and past issues of the Journal online at www.msba.org/?mbj.

The Bar Bulletin is MSBA's monthly newsletter, published on the 15th of each month. This publication features timely news on legal trends and issues, legislative and judicial updates, and MSBA positions on key legal issues. It also carries news on MSBA activities, events and programs, public service and pro bono projects, as well as its individual members. Section and Committee activities are also highlighted as well as a calendar of events. You can read all Bar Bulletin articles online at www.msba.org/?bulletin.

Do We Have Your E-mail Address?
If you provide us with your e-mail address, you can receive the MSBA Bar Brief, the MSBA's monthly e-mail newsletter, as well as MSBA Events, which contains all of the upcoming events happening at the MSBA and your local and specialty bar associations. Send your e-mail address to the MSBA Membership Department (membership@msba.org) today. (We do not sell or share your email address with any outside company.)

Sections and Committees
The 23 MSBA Sections can keep you informed of legislative issues and new developments in your field. In addition to networking and mentoring opportunities, Sections offer timely publications, services and, most importantly, a collective voice to improve the practice of law for you and your clients. If you want to join one of the MSBA Sections, you can join online by visiting www.msba.org/?join. Or if you are already a member you can visit your section's webpage to read newsletters, articles, event notices and minutes of meetings.

You can also visit the MSBA website to see information on the MSBA's Special and Standing Committees, including the new Animal Law Committee.

Email Lists
If you are member of an MSBA Section or Committee and would like to join in continuing dialogues, topical discussions between your colleagues and keep informed of upcoming events, subscribe to an MSBA Email List. The MSBA has a different Email List for each Section and Committee, as well as many subcommittees and local and specialty bar associations.

A Email List is a discussion group that takes place via e-mail using a mailing list of subscribers. Create your e-mail message just like you normally would and send it to the Email List e-mail address. The Email List will then send it to everyone who subscribes to that Email List. For a complete list of available Email Lists, visit www.msba.org/?lists.

e-MALL
Looking for a legal-service provider to give you a hand? Visit the MSBA Legal Vendor e-MALL and search the different categories to find the company you need. Categories include business valuations, court reporters, litigation support, private investigators, process servers, video conferencing and more.

Online Directory
With the MSBA online directory you can search for other members of the MSBA by practice area, section, county and law firm. The directory includes MSBA associate members.

Need to change your information in the directory? It's easy. Either log into the Member Update Center at www.msba.org/?update or contact our membership department at (410) 685- 7878 or membership@msba.org  

Member Login
Many areas of the MSBA website are only available to MSBA members. These include Section member-only content such as newsletters as well as MSBA member-only areas like the MSBA Ethics Opinions.

If you haven't logged into the site, you will need to activate your account. All you need is your MSBA Account Number, located on your most recent invoice. After you enter your Account Number, a password will be created and e-mailed to the e-mail address on file with our membership department. If you have not given us your e-mail address, contact our membership department at (410) 685-7878 or membership@msba.org. The password you are given can be changed in the Member Update Center www.msba.org/?update.

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