For over 40 years, the Maryland Bar Journal, MSBA’s award-winning showcase publication, has documented legal trends, keeping members abreast of recent changes or updates in various substantive areas of the law. During that time, the Journal has undergone many changes – from the black-and-white digest launched in 1968 to today’s full-sized, four-color, focus-driven magazine that lands in MSBA members’ mailboxes every other month.
Now, the Maryland Bar Journal turns yet another evolutionary corner as it makes its electronic debut as an exclusive benefit to MSBA members. By way of the MSBA website, www.msba.org, members can now access the latest issue of the Journal (March/April 2012) via PC, laptop, tablet or most smartphone and e-reader models. Posted in PDF format concurrently with the hard copy’s publication, the online Journal virtually mirrors its printed counterpart. Online archives currently feature every issue dating back to January/February 2011, while plans are currently underway to expand the electronic back catalog in the near future.
“We are pleased to offer members easy online access to both current and, going forward, archived issues of the Maryland Bar Journal,” says Courtney A. Blair, Chair of the MSBA Editorial Advisory Committee, which oversees production of the Journal. This option, Blair maintains, will “provide attorneys with an unprecedented ability to quickly retrieve the many informative articles published in the Journal.”
Accessing the Journal Online
The Maryland Bar Journal is available online as an exclusive members-only benefit. Members must be logged on to the MSBA website (www.msba.org) to access the Journal; this can be achieved by clicking on “Member Login” in the upper right corner of the homepage. [Your MSBA Account Number, printed on your dues invoice, is required for login. If you do not know your Account Number, please contact the Membership Department at (410) 685-7878. NOTE: Account Numbers will not be given via e-mail.]
Once logged on, go to www.msba.org and click on Publications on the menu to the left. Select Print Publications then click on Maryland Bar Journal.
At the top of the Journal homepage you will see a thumbnail image of the cover of the current issue; clicking on the image will take you to the issue’s Table of Contents. Inside the purple box that appears at the top of the page, click on “Read digital version of the Maryland Bar Journal!” Providing you are logged on to the MSBA site, the PDF will open in your web browser.
Users may scroll through the pages by using either the mouse or the arrow keys on the keyboard. Using your mouse, move the cursor toward the bottom of the screen; a gray toolbar containing various icons, each allowing the user to perform a particular task, such as zooming (shortcut: CTRL+ plus or minus sign), printing (shortcut: (CTRL+P), or saving (shortcut: CTRL+S) the document, will appear. The numbers that appear at the center of the toolbar indicate which page of the document the user is viewing, as well as the total number of pages contained in the document.
These as well as other functions can also be performed using shortcuts on the keyboard:
- Zoom in (Ctrl+plus sign)
- Zoom out (Ctrl+minus sign)
- Fit to browser (Ctrl+zero
- Keyword search (Ctrl+F)
- Save (Ctrl+S)
- Print (Ctrl+P)
Touted as the “official publication of the Maryland State Bar Association,” the Maryland Bar Journal debuted in October 1968 as a bimonthly black-and-white digest intended to be, as MSBA’s then-President, J. Dudley Digges, wrote, “our principal means of communication, reporting on committees, sections, study groups, and other bar association activities. Through it I hope we will be able to present an informative and authoritative legal publication to all the lawyers in the State of Maryland, and beyond.”
In March 1976, the Journal became a full-size magazine, albeit still black-and-white, with an occasional spot color. A decade later, in January 1986, the cover went full-color, a change reflected throughout the Journal’s pages later that same year. Also, during this period, the Journal adopted such now-standard fixtures as Practice Tips, Ethics Dockets, and a regular column from the Attorney Grievance Commission.
The Journal experienced another significant change in January 1986 with the premier of MSBA’s monthly newsletter, the Bar Bulletin. Providing greater immediacy, the Bulletin became the vehicle of choice for more time-sensitive news and announcements, thus allowing the Journal to concentrate on the long-form, academic articles for which it is known today. The Maryland Bar Journal has received numerous accolades and awards throughout the legal field over the years, among these, on multiple occasions, the National Association of Bar Executives’ Communications Section’s prestigious Luminary Award, bestowed upon publications that “exemplify excellence in writing, editing and design in meeting the needs of the publication’s targeted legal audience.” Most recently, the Journal bested magazines from more than 40 other large bar associations to take the top honor in 2010.
For further information or queries about the digital Bar Journal, contact Jason Zeisloft at (410) 685-7878, ext. 3026, or firstname.lastname@example.org.