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
"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:
- Login and agree to terms: Sign in using your MBA user name and
password and sign the Code of Conduct.
- 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).
- Start connecting: Post blogs, discussions (listservs) or upload
a resource library entry for your section(s).
- 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