Members may now add a picture, list practice areas, and much more Expand your Bar Web site profile Expand your Bar Web site profile March 1, 2008 Regular News More than 9,000 Florida Bar members have expanded their profiles on The Florida Bar’s Web site.Since July 1, Bar members have been able to post information about themselves and their law firms on the Bar member profile page at. That includes pictures of themselves, giving the number of lawyers in their law firms, their Martindale-Hubbell ratings, listing languages spoken at the firms, and whether offices are handicapped accessible, states where they can practice, and to what level of federal courts they are admitted.So far, 9,324 members have added some expanded profile information, with 1,066 posting a picture.Only information checked off by a Bar member is shown on his or her profile page. If the lawyer does not check any of the ratings, say, for Martindale-Hubbell, then no information from the rating service appears on their page. Likewise if they don’t check one of the boxes on law firm size, then no information about the number of lawyers in the firm will be displayed.The Web site also allows Bar members to list their law schools and J.D. degrees and list LL.M. or other advanced law degrees that were obtained from ABA-accredited schools.The expanded list of practice areas was developed by looking at Bar sections and certification areas, types of LL.M. degrees, Martindale-Hubbell practice areas, practice areas listed by legal publications, and suggestions from Bar members.The expanded list of practice areas is designed to help the public by providing more specific information about lawyers and their areas of expertise.Bar members can make the changes to their members’ pages by going to the Bar Web site at www.floridabar.org, clicking on Member Tools on the right side menu. They then should click on the link, “Update address on official Bar record and add practice information.”They will be asked to log on with their Bar ID and password. If members have not obtained a password from the Bar, a link on the page is provided for requesting one.Once logged in, members are presented with their official address, as listed with membership records. Going past that information brings members to the elective information that can be displayed on their member pages.The first option is to add a picture (with a width of no more than 250 pixels), followed by opportunities to list law degrees, law schools attended, size of firm, position held (including corporate counsel, government attorney, law faculty, associate, partner, retired, etc.), Martindale-Hubbell rating, practice areas, and admissions to federal courts and other state bars. Lawyers also specify if they provide ADA accommodations, hearing impaired translation, and foreign language transcription.
The NFL made the right move on Sunday night, cancelling the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton due to field conditions at Tom Benson Stadium.Hall of Fame president/executive director David Baker called the decision to cancel the game “difficult,” but added that it was an “easy, ethical decision.” Fans will get their money refunded for the game, and instead the two teams (Packers and Colts) will host a “fan fest” of sorts, whatever that means.Multiple sources told ESPN.com that both teams were worried about player safety as crews worked feverishly to spray solvent on the area around the midfield logo. The issue stemmed from the paint used on the logo and in the end zones.Also NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN’s Darren Rovell that the league will work with the Packers and Colts to sort out their own financial reimbursement for a game not played.The NFL said in a statement: “We are very disappointed for our fans, but player safety is our primary concern, and as a result, we could not play an NFL game on this field tonight.” One Packers player described it as “like cement” at midfield, where workers spent more than an hour trying to make it playable.This ‘annual’ game should just be scrapped for good. Making fans pay outrageous prices (some of the tickets face value were $75), and it’s not a stretch to see most of the superstar players for both teams not play, or if they do, possibly play as little as four plays.Last season the Steelers and Vikings played in the Hall of Fame Game, and none of the big three of the Steelers offense (Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell) played in the game.Just scrap the game for good – the NFL preseason is already too long as is. Related TopicsHall of Fame Game Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede