Website and Directory Enhancements to Benefit Bar Members and the Public
JEFF DAVIS, Executive Director State Bar of Georgia
Later this month, we will be launching the new and improved State Bar website, featuring a modernized, mobile-friendly and more appealing design, along with some additional and easier-to-use features, most notably an enhanced member directory—providing a more useful experience for Bar members and the public.
On the home page of www.gabar.org, you will notice a better use of vertical space. In the current layout, you see the entire home page on the screen and are not able scroll down. This design change will be helpful to the increasing number of people browsing from their phones and tablets rather than desktop computers. People have grown accustomed to scrolling down for additional content as opposed to having to zoom in to click on a link. We can now eliminate that step, and it gives us more space to promote Bar programs and events on the home page.
The new site also features responsive design, which means you can go from your desktop to your tablet to your mobile device, and the website will look and function the same way on all. Regardless of the screen size, the website will resize itself depending on which device you are using. The display shifts easily from horizontal to vertical.
There are some time- and hassle-saving features on the new site as well. Currently, when you log in, you have to go to one place to check on paying dues, another place to see how many CLE hours are needed, another place for membership listing, et cetera. On the new site, once you are logged in, hovering over "My Account" will produce a fly-out menu that provides a quick view of the most important information that lawyers frequently need to check
With the State Bar having recently assumed the administrative management duties of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, it makes sense that ICLE's website (currently at www.iclega.org) will now be incorporated into the Bar's new website. ICLE courses and CLE information will be presented under one menu with direct action-based options. ICLE courses can be viewed with user-selected preferences so you can quickly find the course by area of practice, CLE hours offered, location, type of seminar (live, webcast, institute, etc.) and date.
Going to the website to look up Bar Rules and Regulations will be a far...