At least for now, it is complete.
The HLBA website has been substantially revised to include member profiles searchable and viewable by the public and also for intracommunication and collaboration among the membership.
In the rest of this article I’ll try to hit the most important elements of the use of this site.
- As of 2/2/15 all paid up members have been pre-registered on the site and all have received emails with their username and password. If you think you are paid and have not seen that email, please check your spam box.
- This site is now highly interactive in a private way for the members. The GROUPS and the FORUMS that are or will be created are visible only to paid members of HLBA. Not to other lawyers, and not to the public.
- EVERYTHING ELSE ON THE SITE IS VISIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.
- Immediately upon logging in, change your password.
- Update your profile: It is highly searchable and you can mark as many practice areas as you wish. It’s free exposure.
- Only registered and logged in members may comment on blog articles.
- Users may post blog articles. See the +New menu item at the top. Your entry will be submitted and held for approval. Officers, on the other hand, have unfettered posting permissions.
- Officers can send out a mass email to all users. I am confident that won’t happen too often so don’t worry about getting spammed.
- Officers can also send an email to just selected members. For example, if you are on a committee a selected email can occur.
- There is one GROUP for now — The Tavern. My apologies to the non-UT grads. Additional groups can be created, such as for a committee, an “officers-only” or similar.
- You can send a brief message to any member from the MEMBER LISTING. Find the member, click on the name, then Private Message and a small email type form opens up.
- You can also send a public message to a user, just like with Twitter, but I suggest not. Reserve that for the officers.
- The main activity you will want to do on the site is to click the TAVERN GROUP from the left menu and see if anything is new. From there you can look at or post to the forums, collaborate on documents, or list members and interact with them.