What is MSBA Connect?

MSBA Connect is a place to interact with your colleagues to network, refer business, learn and share experiences around the practice of law.

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How do I start or reply to topics on MSBA Connect?

Start a new topic using the online forum

  1. Click the “Create New Topic” button on a community’s page.
  2. Use the text editor to format your content.
  3. Press the “Create Topic” button.


Reply to a topic

When you’re on the forum, you can reply to a topic by pressing the “Reply” button on any post.

Starting a new topic using email

You can start a new topic on any MSBA Connect community by sending a message to that community’s dedicated email address. In most cases, this is the name of the community (with dashes separating spaces and special characters) followed by “@connect.msba.org”.

For example, to start a topic in the Family & Juvenile Law Section community, send an email to family-section@connect.msba.org.

Replying via email

When you get an email message with a new post on a topic you are following, you can give your public reply to that post just by replying to the email. Your post will appear as a threaded reply online in the forum page as well.

File attachments

Note that there is a 10MB maximum when uploading files as attachments to posts.

How do I adjust and customize the notifications I receive from MSBA Connect?

You can choose which posts to follow and how you’d like to follow them. Some users want an email for every reply to every topic. Some prefer daily summaries. Others want to see replies only to the topics that they have already participated in. It’s all up to you.

To change your notification settings, click your avatar and then your username. A gear icon will appear in the drop down menu.

Then, click “Notifications.”

About the Notification Settings

Notifications are shown next to your avatar when you log in to MSBA Connect. You can control the frequency and type of notifications you receive.

  • “Consider topics new when” allows you to adjust at what point topics are no longer considered new. If you check MSBA Connect frequently, you can set this to a shorter interval; if you don’t, and want to make sure you don’t miss new topics, set it to a longer interval.
  • “Automatically track topics I enter” controls at what point you will begin receiving notifications for a topic you’ve posted in.
  • “When I post in a topic, set that topic to” sets the default notification preference for a topic that you post in.
    • Tracking: A count of new replies will be shown to you. You will be notified if someone mentions you or replies to you.
    • Watching: A count of new replies will be shown to you. You will be notified of every new reply in the topic.
    • Normal: You will be notified if someone mentions you or replies to you.
  • “Notify when liked” sets your notification preferences for when another user likes a post you’ve made on MSBA Connect.

Adjusting Your Email Notification Preferences

Set your email preferences on the “Emails” portion of the preferences menu.

Adjusting Notifications by Community

You can control how often you’re alerted to new posts and topics in the “Categories” preferences.

  • “Watching first post” – receive an email every time a new topic starts. You will not see every reply to that topic (unless you’ve already replied or interacted with the topic yourself).
  • “Watched” – receive an email every time there is a new reply to any topic in the particular community.

See more about Advanced Notification Preferences below.

How do I join MSBA Connect?

If you have an account on MSBA.org then you are already a part of MSBA Connect, and you can start participating in all the communities you have access to.

Which communities can I access?

MSBA Connect offers many different communities, each organized around a broad theme or shared professional experience/role. Your access to any community is based on your MSBA membership settings. Some Connect communities are open to all MSBA members. Other communities are only available to those who are members of specific committees, sections, etc. These memberships are indicated in your account profile at MSBA.org. Questions about how to participate in any Connect community can be answered by our member service team.

How do I interact with existing topics and posts?

There are several ways to engage on MSBA Connect.

Ways to interact with a post:

  • “Heart” a post to like it, or as a way to show appreciation or agreement.
  • Click the Bookmark icon to save a post to your bookmarked posts list.
  • Click Reply to respond to a post.

Look for a topic? Use the search function!


How do I "flag" a post when content is inappropriate?

You are helping the community when you flag a post that is inappropriate for any reason. Sometimes, a post or message might simply be irrelevant in the wrong category. Other times (we hope rarely, if ever!), content might be rude, abusive, or explicit.

When you flag a message, you will presented with multiple options of how to address the behavior or content you find objectionable.

Advanced notification settings

There are many ways to customize your experience on MSBA Connect to make sure you are seeing the content you want in the way you want it. Alerts, notifications, and emails are customizable on a per-topic basis, and with global settings on your account.

Options for following a post:

How do I upload a profile picture?

A profile picture can help other users get a sense of who you are. It helps “put a face to a name.”

Steps to add your profile picture:

  1. Go to your account settings.
  2. Click the edit pencil next to the profile picture field.
  3. Upload your photo and hit “Save Changes.”