Code of Conduct: Community Rules and Privacy
Thank you for being part of our exclusive online community for Texas lawyers. To ensure the best possible experience for all State Bar members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.
By using this service, you agree that you have read and will follow the rules and guidelines below. You also agree to limit discussions, shared files, and content to that best suited to the online community. You will find Texas Bar Connect to be a great service with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation.
Please direct any questions to our Website department via the Contact Us link on this site.
In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these rules.
- Never share privileged information about clients or cases.
- Do not 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.
- Pursuant to the State Bar Board Policy Manual, no position may be taken by a section or section council in the name of the section that advocates a political or social policy position.
- Do not post commercial messages on any discussion group, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it.
- Do not send messages to individual members soliciting or selling products or services.
- Use caution when posting messages and files. Information posted on the lists and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
- All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
- Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted.
- Remember that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to this site unless you specify otherwise.
- Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate communities or libraries. Do not spam several lists or libraries with the same message.
- All discussion must add to the body of knowledge. We reserve the right to reject any message for any reason.
Discussion Group Etiquette
- Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, law firm or employer’s name, and location.
- 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.
- Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete any header information, and put your response before the original posting.
- Only send a message to an entire group when it contains information that everyone can benefit from.
- Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals--not to the entire group. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link in the message.
- Do not send administrative messages to a group, 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.
- Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long Message."
This site is provided as a service for the members of the State Bar of Texas. The State Bar of Texas is not responsible for opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by State Bar of Texas or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall State Bar of Texas be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.
Do not post defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post information or any material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants the State Bar of Texas and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.
Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that 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.
Texas Bar Connect is a private online community. Any communication on Texas Bar Connect is subject to the Open Records Act.
The State Bar of Texas does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of State Bar of Texas it will take all appropriate action.
The State Bar of Texas reserves the right to terminate access for any user who does not abide by these guidelines.
We respect your privacy
Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.
The goal of the State Bar of Texas is to provide a rich array of information and online tools to State Bar of Texas members. To do this effectively, certain user data may be collected and/or reviewed so that we can understand our users and in turn make our websites more relevant to each individual user. Information about members and the public is used in different ways, as outlined below.
This privacy statement may change from time to time as we add features to State Bar of Texas websites.
Information Collected and its Use
Information collected from members includes:
Server log information: When you visit a State Bar website or any other website, you are identifiable as a unique number, called an IP address. Your IP address is automatically collected in server logs. We use this information to help diagnose problems with our server and to analyze server traffic to learn which pages receive more or fewer visitors. This information is anonymous and cannot be traced back to a specific individual. The server log also can tell us which browser you are using (i.e. Internet Explorer or Firefox), and the name of the website that referred you to our site. (i.e., if you were visiting the Dallas Bar Association website and clicked on a link to a State Bar of Texas website, you were "referred" through the Dallas Bar site).
User-supplied information: Current and future services on State Bar of Texas websites may require that you give us your name, email address, or other personal information. By providing this information, you can and will be able to transact business via the Internet. These online services are provided as a convenience to our members.
We have security measures in place that are intended to prevent the loss, misuse, or alteration of information under our control.
Remember the Risks When You Use The Internet
While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies. For any other information please contact us using the Contact Us page.