Maryland Bar Bulletin
Publications : Bar Bulletin : April 2007

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Conference Calling/Webinar Service Newest MSBA Member Benefit

Conference Calling and Webinars are the wave of the future as they pave the way for busy people like attorneys to meet over the Internet, share information on their individual computers and participate in CLE courses and conferences without ever leaving their offices. Now, MSBA is bringing this popular technology to its members with a new, cost-effective member benefit. MSBA’s new Conference Calling/Webinar Service, offered through MeetingBridge, is the latest in a long line of MSBA member benefits to support lawyers in the practice of law.

MSBA is launching this new service so attorneys can economically attend meetings via the Internet and conduct their business while enjoying the convenience of staying in their offices. Teleconferencing and webinars will enhance law firm communication and efficiency and save time. Attorneys will also be able to actively participate in MICPEL’s CLE programs, other meetings and attorney conferences.
In a Webinar, attorneys sit in their offices or in a conference room with a projector and the presenter stays in his or her conference room. There is no physical meeting. The moderator uses a PowerPoint slide-presentation over the computer and, via teleconferencing, joins the attorneys and interactively participates in the entire session.

MeetingBridge’s Conference Calling/Webinar Service is providing this cost-effective program for members at special low teleconferencing rates. MSBA members will receive a 25 percent discount, taking the normal rate of 14 cents per minute down to .095 cents per minute – a big savings. MSBA members will only pay for the minutes they use, may easily enroll through MeetingBridge’s website (see below) and be up and running in an hour.

“During the evaluation period for MeetingBridge, we did numerous test runs and found their service to be worthwhile, efficient and very cost-effective,” states MSBA Executive Director Paul V. Carlin. “While we understand that many of our members still appreciate in-person meetings, which offer distinct benefits, we nonetheless understand as well that great convenience can be achieved by electronic communication.”

Members can sign up today for this new member service by going to www.meetingbridge.com/333 and following the enrollment instructions.

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Publications : Bar Bulletin: April 2007