I’m hoping you’ll help me with some unscientific research into how bar associations are either effective or ineffective at communicating and connecting with members. I am speaking later this month at a meeting of bar communications professionals and would appreciate your input. In particular, I am curious about:

  • How does your bar make effective use of technology to communicate with you?
  • How does your bar miss the boat in its use of technology?
  • What does your bar do right or wrong in its use of social media?
  • Does your bar offer mobile apps or mobile access that you find either useful or a waste of time?
  • How is your bar effective at communicating with you?
  • How is your bar ineffective at communicating with you?
  • Overall, would you rate your bar savvy or clueless about technology and social media.

I could go on with questions, but my basic interest is simply in hearing what you find effective and ineffective. Any and all responses will be greatly appreciated.

Feel free to comment below,  shoot me an email at ambrogi-at-gmail.com, or message me on Twitter (@bobambrogi).

  • IMHO both the Minnesota State Bar and my local Range Bar do an excellent job of emailing me information. I want less stuff in the mail, I haven’t opened a magazine all year. In the weekly emailed Legal News Digest, I am at maximum capacity on MSBA headlines, I don’t want to take more than five minutes to read through them, and I try to delete rather than read the articles later (there is no time later either). The Range Bar sends two or three emails a month regarding meetings and CLEs, and that is all I want.

  • Sarah

    NYSBA is not a mandatory bar, but they do send a lot of materials our way. Mailings, email campaigns, it can be overwhelming amounts of materials. However, they are in the process of revising their website and adding a private social network that may change how all of this is handled in the future. The next few months may be very interesting.

  • Ted

    IN State Bar is pretty good using social media to keep information moving to and for members. A fairly early adopter of email discussion lists, these lists are among the best things the bar does now.

    One area I have thought the bar could improve is in communicating the efforts of volunteer lawyers. Lawyers who chair important committees and take time to do bar work could be recognized by bar leaders sending news reports to the business editors of papers local to the lawyer, to share the news about the member, and offer some modest benefit to the volunteer member.

  • Anne

    As far as I can tell, RIBA doesn’t know how to use social media and it uses email ineffectively. RIBA’s use of email is limited to: single issue “letters” from the President or a bar staffer that are wordy and/or too personal and/or promoting an individual pet project; and requests for volunteer lawyers or money. There is no use of email or social media to substantively inform the members of the bar of anything. It’s so bad that many of RIBA members block anything from RIBA. The RIBA listserv that was created has two user groups: (1) lawyers asking for forms, and (2) other lawyers pontificating ad nauseum. The RIBA is still sending too much snail mail, including a monthly bar journal that would be better left in electronic format instead of our circular files.

  • This is a great “unscientific” study. I have really enjoyed reading the other comments and would look forward to hearing more about what you research finds.