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Q: What is my username/password?
A: Your username is the email address you use to access the ABA site. Your first password has been assigned to you automatically. If you have forgotten your login credentials, don't know your password, or need assistance with your login information, click here.

Q: How do I update my contact information?
A: Much of your basic profile data comes directly from your ABA profile. This includes your name, email, and most profile information displayed on the left column of your profile: committee membership, areas of concentration, location, law school, practice settings, employer. To update this information, you must access and edit your ABA profile. Profile changes in may take up to 24 hours to populate in Connect.

Other profile information - bio, honors and awards, professional associations, education, job history - are editable from within your profile. Plus, this data this can be easily imported from your LinkedIn profile.

Q: How do I control what information is visible in My Profile?
A: In the upper-right corner of the page, click the drop-down arrow next to your picture, and select "Profile".  Then, click on the My Account tab, select "Privacy Settings". This will let you control what information is visible to whom. After you’ve made changes, click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page.


Contacts / Connections | Top

Q: How do I find other members?
A: Click the "Member Directory" link found in the gray navigation bar. The Member Directory lets you search for other members based on:
  • First and/or last name
  • Company/Institution name
  • Email address

Switch to the “Advanced Search” tab to increase your search to:

  • City
  • State
  • Country
  • Committee
  • Education
Q: How do I add contacts to my contact list?
A: There are several ways to add contacts. When you perform a search in the Directory, you will see an “Add as Contact” button to the right of each person in your search results. Just click this button to send a contact request.

Q: Why should I add contacts to my contact list?
A: Creating this virtual address book makes it easy to send your contacts messages through the committee site to stay in touch, ask questions or even build a referral network. Additionally, when you view another member’s profile, you’ll be able to see any contacts you have in common. You can also choose to let your contacts view certain demographics in your profile that others can't.

Committees Bulletin Boards / Discussions | Top

Q: What are committees?
A: Committees allow you to participate in discussions and share resources with other members through committee bulletin boards.

Q: What committees do I already belong to?
A: In the upper-right area of the page, click the drop-down arrow next to your image, and select the "Communities" button.

Q: How do I join/subscribe to a committee?
A: Go to My ABA ( Your official membership status in Section committees is controlled through the ABA. To access committees' content, you must access your ABA profile and join committees on the ABA site. It may take up to 24 hours for your committee membership to take effect in CONNECT.

Q: How can I control the frequency and format of emails I receive?
A: For each discussion, you have the following delivery options:
  • Real time: sends an email every time a new message is posted
  • Daily digest: sends one email to you each day, consolidating all of the posts from the previous day
  • No Email: allows you to be part of the group without having emails sent to you. You can still post and read others’ messages by logging into the committee site.
Q: How do I leave a committee or unsubscribe from a discussion?
A: Enter your Profile > My Account tab > “My Subscriptions.” Here, you will see a list of available committees and those to which you’ve subscribed. Select “Unsubscribe” for the discussions you wish to leave and click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page. You will get a message confirming that your subscription options have been successfully updated. This can take several seconds if you change your settings for several groups at the same time.

Q: How do I respond to others’ posts?
A: Click the blue “Reply to Discussion” button to send your message to the entire committee, or click the drop-down arrow and select “Reply to Sender” to only send your message back to the sender; both links are located to the right of the post. We recommend replying to the sender for simple comments like “me, too” that add little value to the overall discussion; and replying to the entire committee when you are sharing knowledge, experience or resources that others could benefit from.

Q: How do I start a new discussion thread?
A: You have three options:
- Navigate to the Open Forum or the Committee of your choice, click the Discussions tab, and click "Post New Message".
- In the gray navigation menu, click the Participate option, then select the Post a Message menu item.
- From an email (HTML version) for a particular discussion forum, you can use the “Post Message” link in the right navigation bar.

Q: I’m having trouble viewing the HTML email messages. How do I fix this?
A: If images are not appearing, it is likely that your email client is set to suppress images. This should be something you can change in your security or viewing options. This feature is currently not available; we are looking into configuring CONNECT to permit text-only messages.

Q: Why do I have to post messages and reply through the website?
A: There are many upgraded features made possible because of the web interface:
  • When you send an attachment through this new system, it automatically places it in the Committee’s library and sends a link to members.
  • Because it sends a link, you can share files up to 1GB in size and just about any file type.   
  • All posts and associated resources are automatically archived and easily searchable.
Q: Can I search for posts across all the committees?
A: Yes. Enter a keyword in the search bar (to the right of the gray navigation bar). Or, click on the drop-down arrow alongside the search box for even more options.

Q: How do I see a listing of all of the posts to a specific Committee?
A: Locate the committee you are interested in viewing from the appropriate committee page. Click through the committee's home, then click on the “Discussions” tab. If you see a post you’re interested in, click the subject line which will take you to the entire thread. “Show original message” at the bottom of all of the posts in a thread will display the original message that started that discussion. The “Author’s Messages” link will show you all of the posts that particular member has contributed to that committee.

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Q: How do I find resources that may have been uploaded by other members?
A: If you know which library the resource might be located in, find the committee on the appropriate committee home. Click through the committee's home page, then click on the “Library” tab . If you do not know where the resource might be, enter search terms in the main search box the same way you might enter search terms into Google or another search engine.

Q: Can I search for specific file types?
A: Yes. Enter your desired keyword in the main search box. From the search results page, click "Show Advanced Search."  Then click on “Search for Specific File Types.” This gives you the option to specify file type: Document, Image, Spreadsheet, etc.

Q: How do the libraries get populated?
A: The libraries are populated in two ways: When you include an attachment in a discussion post, the system automatically places it in the library. You can also upload documents directly by using the “Share a file” link found under “Participate” in the main navigation or "Create a new library entry" on any committee's library page. Library resources are not required to be associated with a discussion thread.

Q: How do I upload a file?
A: Your Committee homepage is a good source for retrieving content to add to Connect.  Visit your Committee's ABA homepage, then navigate to a sub-page that has links to your Committee content (newsletter archive, programs page, etc.).  Right-click on the link and choose Save Target/Link As... from the pop-up menu to download to your desktop or other preferred destination.

From the committee's home page, select the Library tab, then click the green "Create New Library Entry" button. Please note that uploading a document is done in a few steps, and each step must be completed before you can move on to the next:
  • Choose a title for your document, include a description (optional), select the library to which you’d like to upload it, select a folder to which you’d like to upload it (optional) and choose an Entry Type (most will be Standard Files, but be cognizant of any copyright licensed material). Then click “Next.”
  • Browse and upload your file. Click “Next” if you want to add tags to your file or click “Finish” (you may have to scroll down to access these buttons).
Q: What kind of files can I upload?
A: The system supports dozens of file types including hyperlinks, standard files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), webinars, images and YouTube videos.

Q: What are the “tags” for?
A: Tags are another way of organizing and searching for documents. You can help others find the file you uploaded by including tags when you upload it. There are many pre-loaded tag categories to choose from.

Q: What is Send Bulk Email?
A: Send Bulk Email allows you to manage your e-mail messages associated with your Committee.  For more info, refer to our easy how-to guide (PDF).

Q: How many characters can I have in my subject line?
A: Send Bulk Email limits the number of characters in a subject line to 100. Any message with over 100 characters in the subject line will not send. 

Q: How do I customize my message templates in Send Bulk Email?
A: Pick any template currently listed and customize (or use the Blank template to start from scratch).