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Email Discussion Group Policy


By joining and using ISBA's e-mail lists, you agree that you have read and will follow the rules set for these peer discussion groups. You also agree to reserve list discussions for the topic of the listserve you send to.

List messages are for the use of ISBA members only and may not be distributed to non-ISBA members without the permission of the Illinois State Bar Association. Nevertheless, list messages are not confidential.

These lists are not moderated, and your messages will not be screened before you send them. However, as with any community, there are guidelines governing behavior on the listserve.

Rules for ISBA Listserves

Violating antitrust regulations, selling, or marketing are not permissible. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the guidelines listed below. If you have questions, contact the list manager noted in your welcome instructions. ISBA reserves the right to suspend or terminate membership on all lists for members who violate these rules.

  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials strictly prohibited. Do not post anything in a listserver message that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. Remember that ISBA and other e-mail list participants have the right to reproduce postings to this listserver. You have no reasonable expectation of confidentiality on anything you post.
  • Though you may remind fellow list members about ISBA CLE programs, do not otherwise post commercial messages.
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
  • Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner.
  • 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 supplies; or potential violation of current antitrust laws.

Members who violate these rules are subject to removal from the list.

Listserve Etiquette

  • The discussions on the lists are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Do not challenge or attack others. Let others have their say, just as you may.
  • Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location, and e-mail address
  • State concisely and clearly the specific topic of the 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. If you are changing the topic of a previous post you respond to, you should change the subject line of the post.
  • 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 the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from.
  • 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.”
  • Send messages such as “thanks for the information” or “me, too” to individuals—not to the entire list. Do this by using your e-mail application's forwarding option and typing in or cutting and pasting in the e-mail address of the individual to whom you want to respond.
  • If you are going to turn on an Out of Office auto-reply, keep in mind that all the people posting to the list are going to get your out of office message. To avoid this, please either log into the listserve's web interface change your setting to "No email", or set up your Out of Office email to not reply to messages from people sending messages to the listserve (you can use the subject field to do this).
  • Do not use the lists to gather email addresses of fellow list users for the purposes of sending them unsolicited marketing messages.


Please note carefully all items listed in this disclaimer, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted to the list.

This list is provided as a service of the Illinois State Bar Association. ISBA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. ISBA disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by ISBA or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall ISBA 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. By joining and using a list you are waiving any cause of action you may have against the ISBA.

Do not post 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 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 ISBA and users of this list the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information.

By joining and using a list you acknowledge that it is not confidential and should be used only for general discussion purposes.  You understand that any information posted on a list is not a substitute for your own research or judgment. Finally, you acknowledge that you have read ISBA Professional Conduct Advisory Opinion 12-15 discussing the use of bar association listserves.