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Frequently Asked Questions
There are two ways to search our members database: using simple search or using expanded search.
What is "simple search?"
In a simple search you can search for a member:
(1) by "Member number," which displays one member's profile if found or
(2) by a combination of First and Last names and City.
After you enter the desired text into one or more fields, hit "Enter" key or click
You may also choose to reset the form (clear all fields) by clicking on
If you combine (1) and (2), search by Member number takes precedence.
What is "Sounds like?"
When using first name and/or last name to search, selecting "Sound like" option will
include close variations of entered information, e.g.
, searching for "Jack" as the first name will also return "Jackie," "Jake," "Ike," etc.
What is "expanded search?"
In expanded search you can search for a member by any of the fields in the form above. Click on
next to a title to see choices in that area. Click on
to hide the choices away.
As you make your selections from the expandable areas, your selections, will show up next to the title. If you then choose to hide the choices, your selections are still visible (see below).
How do I switch between "simple search" and "expanded search?"
Use the two-choice navigation bar below the "Find a Lawyer" line on the search form.
Will I lose content already entered when I switch between "simple search" and "expanded search?"
No. The content you might have already entered on one form is preserved.
Can I use "?" and "*" - the wildcard characters?
Yes. An asterisk ("*") can be placed one or more times anywhere within the search word to stand for any number of characters including none. For example, search for "t*a*" in the City field returns, among others, T
("opek" matches the first "*" and "" the second), T
("emple Terr" matches the first and "ce" the second "*") and Ta
("" matches the first and "llahassee" the second "*").
A question mark ("?") can be placed one or more times anywhere within the search word to stand for exactly one character. For example, search for "jo?n" in the First name field returns Jo
n ("h" for "?") and Jo
n ("a" for "?") among others (but not Jon, which would be returned if "jo*n" were used).
A combination of asterisks and question marks is also possible. For example, search for "t?a*" in the City field matches T
("r" matches "?" and "verse City" matches "*") among others, but does not match Tallahassee since there are no characters between the "T" and the first "a" and there are more than one characters between the "T" and the second "a" and "?" matches exactly one character.
NOTE: it makes no sense to use more than one astrisk in a row, but two or more question marks in a row are meaningful.
How do I use multiple choice sections of the expanded search?
If you do not check any of the choices in a multiple choice section -- for example, you leave all "Speaks these languages" choices unselected -- that section does not affect the search. If you select one or more (or all) choices in a section, then only members who have at least one of the selected choices in their profile will be found.
What do the results mean?
The following self-explanatory notices are displayed below the search form:
Upon successful completion, either a single member's profile is displayed in the same browser's window (only if the search by "Member number" took place), or one or more member names, cities, and statuses are displayed in a list.
Clicking on a member's name displays that member's profile in a new window.
Clicking on "Search again" displays the search form with the search terms used for current list.
Dimmed out current list is placed below the form for your reference.
If the search yields more than 100 names, a list of 100 members selected randomly from the results are listed as in the partial example below. You can display a member's profile or select to "Search again" (you will be returned to the search form) or "Browse by Location"
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