SDCBA Social Media Terms of Use

Nothing posted on the SDCBA's social media pages is meant to constitute legal advice or to imply there is a business, personal, or attorney-client relationship with any fan or follower.  We assume no responsibility for any postings or their content. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message.

By using social media related to the SDCBA, you agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, defamatory, knowingly false, inaccurate, hateful, threatening, harassing, invasive of a person’s privacy, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. You agree not to post any advertisements or solicitations of business.  The reproduction of published materials, even from internet websites, is not permitted.  You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyrighted material is posted with permission.  Doing any of the foregoing may lead to a ban from the  use of the SDCBA's social media mediums. We reserve the right to reveal your identity in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Association and its affiliates, and their respective members, directors, officers, managers, employees, shareholders, agents, and licensors, from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from any violation by you of our terms of use.

We do not actively monitor or review all  postings, however, the administrator and moderators of this page have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time as they see fit.  As a user you agree to any information you have entered on this site being stored in a database. You acknowledge that all posts made to this site express the views and opinions of the author and not the SDCBA or its staff members or any entity associated therewith and hence we will not be held liable for any such postings.

Information posted by the SDCBA may only be re-posted or re-tweeted verbatim, and may not be altered beforehand.  Commercial use of any content is strictly prohibited. We may provide links on this site as a convenience to users. We do not endorse, and make no representations or warranties regarding, any of the linked websites, the content of the sites or the product and services offered through these sites.

All material posted by the SDCBA (including, without limitation, text, photographs, graphics, video and audio content) is protected by copyright as a collective work or compilation under the copyright laws of the United States and other countries, and we (subject to the rights of its licensors and licensees under applicable agreements, understandings and arrangements) have rights therein. All individual articles, videos, content and other elements comprising this site are also copyrighted works and we (subject to the rights of its licensors and licensees under applicable agreements, understandings and arrangements) have rights therein.

You agree that we may modify the terms of use  (or discontinue our use of this site or page) in our sole discretion, without advance notice, and that your right to access this site is conditioned on an ongoing basis with your compliance with the then-current version of these Terms and Conditions.  You should therefore visit this page frequently.

Through your use of social media to access information about the SDCBA, you expressly agree that use of this social media platform  is at your sole risk, and there is no warranty that your access or use of this sit will be uninterrupted or error free, or that may particular results may be obtained by use of this sites.  We are not liable for any viruses, worms, "trojan horses" or other destructive materials possibly contained within this site.

SDCBA Listserve Rules 

The SDCBA’s listserve are self‐monitored communities for sections, committees, divisions, and interest groups, and are provided to help foster collaboration, civil discourse, mentorship and meaningful dialogue amongst lawyers as well as non‐lawyer members of the SDCBA. While listserves are used from time to time to promote SDCBA programs and services, for the most part, discussion is generated and monitored by the members of each listserve.

Please note:

  • Any member of an SDCBA section, committee, division or interest group may participate in its listserve.
  • Listserves can be used in any way that serves the interests of the community it serves; if an issue arises, it should be addressed with Section, Committee, Division or Interest Group leadership.
  • While guidelines exist (see below), the SDCBA’s team does not monitor the listserves consistently, and will only directly address profane or disruptive behavior at its discretion.
  • The SDCBA reserves the right to remove any member of any listserve at any time if conduct is unprofessional, disruptive, or does not adhere to the Association’s standards of civility, integrity and professionalism.
  • All listserve participants agree to defend, indemnify and hold the SDCBA harmless from and against any damages arising out of or resulting from that person’s online conduct in a listserve.

In addition to general dialogue, please note the following suggested listserve uses and prohibitions:

1.      Listserves may be used to share information about CLE/educational programs or events of other organizations provided that the content or topic of the program or event does not overlap in nature and/or timing with a program hosted or sponsored by the SDCBA. If a listserve user would like to post a program, after reviewing the SDCBA’s calendar to ensure it does not duplicate, replicate, or cover the same topic as an upcoming SDCBA program, the following guidelines should be reviewed and adhered to:

a.      Program information should only be shared if it is presented by the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, an accredited law school, any of our approved Law‐Related Organizations, or events that have been approved by the Section, Committee or Division’s leadership or internal leadership team can be posted.

b.      The program or event cannot take place within 30 days of similar SDCBA programming or events so that any marketing does not compete with the SDCBA’s program marketing efforts.

c.       Violation of the guidelines for posting CLE and other educational programming deemed to be competitive in nature with programs produced or sponsored by the SDCBA may result in a user’s removal from the listserve, at the discretion of the SDCBA’s leadership and internal team. 

2.      Listserves may be used to announce office space for lease, or to request experts. Otherwise, there should be no commercial use of the listserves (i.e. Listserves should not be used to exchange services, materials or software in return for payment of any sort – including trade of like items, special discounts, cash, etc.). Unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, profane, annoying, vexing, harassing, or otherwise objectionable information of any kind may not be posted to the listserve, including, without limitation, any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law.

3.      Postings that encourages or solicits others to engage in anti‐competitive activities, including attorney rate information, is not permitted.

4.      Listserve messages should not be posted elsewhere by recipients or forwarded to any non‐ SDCBA member without the original poster’s consent, particularly where it may have an effect on a case.

5.      Section, Committee, Division and Interest Group listserves should be used to discuss topics of interest to their constituencies – particularly the area of law or common issues, practices, questions and news that impacts practitioners in that area of law. For community service projects and volunteer opportunities, users are encouraged to use the community service committee listserve or submit information to bar@sdcba.org for consideration in This Week at the Bar.

6.      Messages should not promote any fundraising efforts or solicit donations unless the beneficiary is the San Diego County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the SDCBA, unless the effort has been approved as part of the SDCBA’s Community Service or outreach efforts.

7.      Listserves may not be used to endorse political candidates running for any office.

Sections, Committee, Division and Interest Group (Entity) leaders, please note:

SDCBA Entities may not:

  • Take a position on behalf of the organization without the approval of the Board of Directors, on the listserve or otherwise (see Public Position Policy).
  • Endorse or support a political candidate, ballot, proposed legislation, proposed governmental action, or initiative in the name of the organization, on the listserve or otherwise.
  • Endorse any candidate, whether a section or committee member or not, for the SDCBA Board of Directors, or any other bar organization volunteer leadership position.

Separate rules apply for how candidates for the SDCBA Board, Section and Committee leadership positions, and other local bar boards may campaign, however with regards to the listserves, please note:

Any listserve participant may:

  • Announce their candidacy one time for the SDCBA Board of Directors and seek the support of the listserve constituency, with the pre‐approval of the Executive Director.
  • With the pre‐approval of the Executive Director, announce their candidacy once for another bar organization’s volunteer leadership position, and seek the support of the listserve constituency.
  • Announce their candidacy for a leadership position within their section or committee one time. The announcement may only be posted to the listserve for the section or committee for which the candidate is seeking election.
  • No member may post information or advocate via the listserve on behalf of any candidate other than them self for the SDCBA’s Board of Directors election or any other elected position.