Code of Conduct
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Welcome to the State Bar of Arizona’s Online Community, a portion
of the State Bar of Arizona (SBA) website. This feature is a benefit for members of the
SBA through which they can solicit the advice of peers, benefit from others’
experiences, post and discuss legal news, and share useful practice
information. We hope you’ll learn something, and that you will share what you
know with others.
Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important
Questions about this portion of the website can be directed to the
SBA via the Contact Us link on this site.
Please note that this “Community” portion of the SBA website is
not actively moderated, meaning that messages and posts will not be screened before
you send or post them; however, there will be periodic review by SBA staff, and
the SBA reserves the right to suspend or terminate access to the community for
anyone who violates the rules.
This “Community” portion of the SBA website is provided as a
service of the SBA. The opinions and information posted on this site by Community
members do not reflect the opinions or positions of the SBA; the SBA accepts no
responsibility for the opinions and information posted by users of the Online
Remember that any information disclosed through the Community
becomes public information, so you should exercise caution when deciding to
disclose either specific case/client information or your personal information.
The SBA cannot ensure or warrant the confidentiality or security of any
information transmitted and you do so at your own risk.
To encourage a climate that promotes both civil and fruitful
dialogue, the SBA requires that you abide by the following etiquette guidelines
and specific rules:
When sending messages, don't challenge or attack others. The discussions
and comments are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let
others have their say, just as you may.
2. Don't post commercial messages.
Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it
would help them.
3. Remember that other participants may reproduce postings to this site even if you
4. Post your message or documents
only in the most appropriate communities. Do not spam several lists or
libraries with the same message
5. Include a signature tag on all
messages. Include your name, affiliation, location. If you are not an
attorney you must include that information in each of your posts.
6. State concisely and clearly the
topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more
appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the
archives by subject.
7. Keep your questions and comments
relevant to the focus of the communities.
8. Only send a message to the entire list
when it contains information that will benefit everyone.
9. Send messages such as "thanks for
the information" or "me, too" only to individuals--not to the
entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link to the right
of every message.
10. Do not send administrative messages, such as
remove me from the list. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings
or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do
not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail
address. Simply change your settings. If
you have questions about this, you may contact the Online Community Coordinator
11. Keep e-mail messages short. Edit or
eliminate quotes. If you must post a long message, warn other list subscribers
either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line
that says "Long Message."
12. Never forward jokes, chain letters or
other non-related messages to this, or any other list. Be careful when using
sarcasm and humor. Without face-to-face communications your joke may be viewed
13. When replying to a message, check the
address to be certain it's going to the intended location (person or group).
Remember that all messages should add to the body of knowledge.
The SBA reserves the right to reject or remove any message for any reason.
By participating in this “Community” you agree to be bound by the
following terms and conditions:
1. Prohibited Conduct
As a use, you are responsible for your own communications and are
responsible for the consequences of their posting. In addition, by posting, you
grant SBA and users of these communities the non-exclusive right and license to
display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print and use such information or
You must not, and by participating in the SBA communities you
agree not to, do the following things:
A. Restrict or inhibit any other member from participating
in the communities, including, without limitation, by means of
"hacking" or defacing any portion of the “Community” portion of the
B. Use the communities for any unlawful purpose;
C. Express or imply that any statements you make are
endorsed by the SBA, without prior written consent;
D. Transmit the following:
any fraudulent, defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening,
offensive, obscene, inflammatory, illegal or otherwise objectionable materials
declaration, depositions or expert testimony subject to outstanding
confidentiality agreements or Orders, unless in compliance therewith. A
user must delete material that reveals client confidences, secrets, trade
secrets or privileged information, unless the client consents to posting or
revelation of the information.
any information or other material protected by copyright without
the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party
warrants and represents that it owns the copyright with respect to such
material or has received permission from the copyright owner any
advertisements, solicitations, chain letters, pyramid schemes, investment
opportunities, self-promotional items or other unsolicited commercial
communication (except as otherwise expressly permitted by the SBA).
any software or other materials that knowingly contain any virus,
worm, time bomb, Trojan horse, or other harmful or disruptive component.
messages that encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any
agreement, which either expressly or implicitly leads to price fixing, a
boycott of another's business, or other conduct, which is intended to illegally
restrict free trade. Messages which encourage or facilitate an agreement about
the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or
conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins or cost data; market
shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories;
or selection, rejection or termination of customers or suppliers.
messages that promote non-SBA CLE programs. Exceptions may be
granted by the State Bar CEO pursuant to Board policy. Communication of non-bar
activities or matters requires pre-approval of the respective section or
messages that solicit votes for, or have the effect of,
influencing a Board of Governors election or election for any public office, or
E. Modify, adapt,
sub-license, translate, sell, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble any portion
of the “Community” portion of the website;
F. Remove any
copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights notices contained in the
“Community” section of the website;
G. Harvest or collect information about other participants
without their express consent; or
2. No Guarantee of Confidentiality
though the “Community” portion of the website is private the SBA does not
guarantee confidentiality. Participation in these communities is open to any
member of the SBA, including members in both public and private practice.
E-Mail is also easily forwarded. Therefore, you should consider all comments
posted in these communities to be public. If you would not want your
adversary or a member of the public to see the contents of your e-mail, you
probably shouldn’t be sending it. In addition, participation in the State Bar’s
Online Community does not relieve a member from his/her ethical obligations
under the Supreme Court Rules.
This “Community” portion of the website is provided as a service
of the SBA. The SBA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information
posted in or through any of the communities by others. The SBA disclaims all
warranties with regard to information posted in any community, whether posted
by the SBA or any third party. The SBA does not warrant that your use of the
“Community” portion of the website will be uninterrupted, error-free, or secure
or that defects will be corrected, or that the “Community” portion of the
website (or the server(s) on which it is hosted) is free of viruses or other
harmful components. You assume total responsibility and risk for your use of
and participation in the communities and/or your reliance thereon.
The SBA does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness,
accuracy, or reliability of communications posted by users or endorse any
opinions expressed by users. You acknowledge that any reliance on material
posted by other users will be at your own risk. The SBA acts as a passive
conduit for the online communications between members, and has no obligation to
screen communications or information in advance and is not responsible for
screening or monitoring material posted by users. The SBA may, nonetheless,
monitor material posted by users to ensure compliance with the Code of
Conduct. If notified by a user of
communications which allegedly do not conform to these Terms and Conditions,
the SBA may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith, in its sole
discretion, whether to remove or request the removal of the communication. The
SBA has no liability or responsibility to users for performance or
nonperformance of such activities. The SBA reserves the right to expel users
and prevent their further access to the site for violating these Terms and
Conditions, or the law, and the right to remove communications which are abusive,
illegal or disruptive. The SBA may take any action with respect to posted
information that is deemed necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion if
the information has the potential of creating liability for the SBA or its
members, or of jeopardizing the services of the SBA’s ISPs or other
suppliers. While using the site, you agree to comply with all applicable
laws, rules and regulations.
4. Limitation of Liability
Any information disclosed in the “Community” portion of the
website could become public information and you should exercise caution when
deciding to disclose your personal information. The SBA cannot ensure or
warrant the security of any information transmitted and you do so at your own
The SBA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information
posted in any community by others and/or for your reliance thereon. In no event
shall SBA be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any
damages whatsoever resulting from or in connection with the use or performance of
any information posted on this site.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold the SBA harmless from and
against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs (including reasonable
attorneys' fees), or other expenses that arise directly or indirectly out of or
from (a) your breach of this Agreement; or (b) any allegation that any
materials that you transmitted through the ‘Community” portion of the website
infringe or otherwise violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret or other
intellectual property or other rights of any third party.
The SBA reserves the right at any time to:
* Change the terms of
this Agreement; or
* Change the “Community”
portion of the website, including eliminating or discontinuing any content in
or feature of the section.
Any changes will be effective immediately upon notice, which may
be provided by any means including, without limitation, posting on the
“Community” portion of the website or via electronic mail. Your participation
in the Community after such notice will be deemed acceptance of such changes.
Be sure to review this Agreement periodically to ensure familiarity with the
most current version.
7. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notices
you believe that your copyright has been infringed through the use of the
Community, please contact our designated agent for receipt of DMCA notices
Office of the General Counsel
Bar of Arizona
North 24th Street, Suite 100