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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/31/06
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Director of Communications
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Member Survey Results Lead To Discussion of New Benefits

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In recent months, the New Jersey State Bar Association has posted two member surveys on its website to gather data in order to better address the needs of its varied membership.

Results from the demographic survey, which was completed a short time ago, will be used to evaluate the practices of the association’s membership base and help develop future membership efforts. By further defining the membership, the NJSBA will be better able to develop member programs and solutions that meet specific needs, while also working to achieve true diversity in the legal profession.

Results of the member benefits survey, which is still open for member responses at the association’s website at njsba.com, will be used to fine tune existing services and benefits and develop new services and benefits that directly meet member needs.

"The association exists to serve the profession in this state,” said NJSBA Trustee Steven Richman, who chaired the association’s committee that was involved with implementation of recommendations from the board of trustees’ retreat. “From time to time we hear about generalized ‘needs’ to be met. For the association to continue to be an effective resource for its members, it must hear from those members as to specifics. This is a meaningful opportunity for that to occur."

Although the benefits survey is still underway, the latest results indicate that members who have responded thus far find free access to the New Jersey Lawyer Daily Briefing, discounts on New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education programs and free access to New Jersey CiteLineSM to be the most valuable member benefits. Members have also indicated that they would like to see more discounts on business services offered as par to their NJSBA membership.

New Benefit Proposals

The NJSBA presently is discussing three new benefits that would directly reflect the latest results of the member benefits survey, offering discounts on, and special member-only access to, teleconferencing and web conferencing services.

A full complement of conferencing services at a fraction of the usual cost. Services would include automated teleconferencing, which is more convenient and economical than operated-assisted conferencing; and web conferencing/webinars, designed to help NJSBA members strengthen relationships with clients and prospects through webinar tools.

Considerable savings on local, local toll and long distance telephone services through a special corporate advantage program.

Video conferencing services through the world’s leading broadcast-quality, IP-based, video-managed service provider.

Additional member benefits are always being considered and developed to enhance the value of NJSBA membership.

Section/Division Surveys Available

NJSBA sections and divisions wishing to get a clear sense of the needs and interests of their members can request that an individualized member survey be posted to their section/division web page. Results of the survey will be tabulated quickly, providing section/division officers with information they can use to target programming, schedule meetings and communicate better with their membership.

Presently, the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section is taking advantage of the association’s individualized survey option, and soliciting responses to a brief online survey. Members of the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section can access the survey through the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=219212383022.

“We are the first to take advantage of the survey option available through the bar association,” said Christine Steinberg, chair of the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section. “We have more than 100 members registered in this section and we want to know who they are, what they do and how the section can meet their needs.”

Section or division officers interested in posting a survey to their webpage should contact Bill Schankel, at bschankel@njsba.com.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.

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