Bar News - January 15, 2010
A New Look for the New Year: NHWBA Updates Website
By: Jill Desrochers
The NH Women’s Bar Association (NHWBA) begins 2010 with a fresh new look! For the past several months, the NHWBA board has volunteered many hours to create a new website and logo for the organization. The NHWBA would like to thank the tireless efforts of the website committee, Katherine Brown, Holly Haines, Holly Kilibarda, Karyl Martin, and Kristin Mendoza, and to Open Skye, the company that designed the website and logo.
Although the look and feel of the new NHWBA website has completely changed, having a more attractive website was not the main reason for the overhaul of the site. Rather, the re-designing the website was an attempt by the NHWBA board to assist in meeting the three goals set for the association at the beginning of the 2008-2010 board term: (1) increasing communication with NHWBA members; (2) increasing the association’s visibility within the legal community; and (3) increasing partnerships with other organizations within the state that help women and children.
With respect to increasing communications with NHWBA members, the new website can now be updated daily with events, news and new membership information. The new online member directory (accessible by members only) provides more accurate information than the former print directory and contains greater sorting and search capabilities. Members can also renew their membership and register for events online and pay by credit card if they so choose and can access archived copies of the Association’s newsletters.
In terms of increasing visibility in the legal community and the community at large, content from the NHWBA’s old website has been reorganized in order to be a better resource to the public. Detailed information about the Winnie McLaughlin Scholarship Fund (a joint endeavor of the NHWBA and Pierce Law), the Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award, and the NHWBA’s First 100 Women booklet can be found more easily on the new site. A link to the Legal Handbook for Women, a publication by the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of Women, is also available. Public policy position statements adopted by the NHWBA board are posted as well.
"Our goal is to continue to grow our membership and to provide our members with easy access to the many services the NHWBA provides," states NHWBA President Kristin A. Mendoza. "Some of our current members don’t even know that we have a scholarship fund and other members who were more active with the association in the past feel out-of-touch with our newer initiatives. We believe that our new website provides us with the best possible foundation for continuing to connect our current members and to grow our membership in the future."
As for the new logo, Mendoza says, "That was the hardest part of the entire process. We wanted a design that was both modern and classic, that evoked an image of the strong, capable attorneys that comprise our membership and that was versatile enough to appeal to the broad spectrum of current and prospective members in terms of age, area of practice and personal taste. That’s quite a lot to ask of a logo!"
But in the end, the NHWBA board couldn’t be happier with the results. Not only does the Association have a fresh, new look on-line, but the site can continue to grow and expand with its membership.
Take a look at the new website: www.nhwba.org/. While you are there, register for one of the events, including the upcoming Family Law CLE in January, and join or renew your membership – all right from the new website!