New Bar password procedure outlined

first_img New Bar password procedure outlined Florida Bar members who don’t already have a password to access restricted areas of the Bar’s Web site will soon have an opportunity to select two methods to obtain one.A form will be mailed along with the annual membership fee statement enabling Bar members to instantly get a password to access members-only sections of the Bar’s Internet Web site.Communications Committee Chair-elect Richard Tanner presented details at the Board of Governors recent meeting.Having a password gives Bar members access to a variety of online services through the Bar’s Web site, www.floridabar.org. Those include the Fastcase free legal research service, paying annual membership fees, changing their membership records such as their official Bar address, designating an inventory attorney for their practice, inquiring about their CLE credits, posting CLE credits for a course, and registering and paying for CLE courses.Members who want an instant password must provide the Bar with their e-mail address and the last four digits of their Social Security number, Tanner said, using the form in the annual membership fee statement. Once the Bar has received that information, the member can instantly get a password online through the Bar’s Web site by following the instructions.Having the e-mail address and last four digits of the member’s Social Security number enables the Bar to verify the specific member requesting the password, Tanner said.Members who don’t want to use the form will be able to use the current system. That system allows members to request a password online, but it is then mailed to them, a process that usually takes five to seven business days, he said.In response to a question, Tanner said that under public records laws, members’ e-mail addresses becomes public record once the Bar has them. However, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers remain confidential to prevent identity theft.Members who already have a password for the restricted areas will see no change and can continue to use their current password, Tanner said. However, the new system can be used if they lose or forget their password or need to replace it for security reasons. New Bar password procedure outlinedcenter_img May 15, 2007 Regular Newslast_img