Forum Guidelines


Thanks for being part of our Forum community. To ensure the best possible experience for all Forum members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By using the Forum, you agree that you have read and will follow the guidelines set for these peer discussion groups. You also agree to reserve list discussions for topics best suited to the medium. This is a great way to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the Executive Director at In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, the Santa Cruz County Bar Association (SCCBA) reserves the right to suspend or terminate membership on all Forums for members who violate these terms. If you do not accept these guidelines, please contact us at, and we will remove you from the Forum.


Allowed Content

The SCCBA Forums are a members-only benefit, intended exclusively for business-related discussions among members.

All posters must identify themselves. You may not post anonymously.

Use caution in your discussion posts. Information posted on the Forums is available for all Forum members to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.

Prohibited Content

The SCCBA Forums are not to be used for personal, political, and/or commercial purposes, to solicit membership in or fundraise for other organizations, or to advertise or market non-SCCBA related programs or events.

Do not post commercial messages on any Forum. You may contact people directly with information if you believe it would help them, but any messages selling items or services, promoting products, organizations, fundraisers, special causes, etc., or in any other way engaging in these types of activities will be removed.

Do not attack or disparage others. The discussions on the Forums are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you have yours.

All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials or language are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything in a Forum that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.

Do not distribute any SPAM, solicitation, chain letters, petitions for signatures or letters relating to pyramid schemes, missing persons or once-in-a-lifetime deals. Do not use the Forum to invite the entire list to join your social network (Facebook, Myspace, Linkedin, etc). You may invite individuals to join your network but may not invite the entire Forum membership.

Copyright Notice

This is a public forum under the ownership and supervision of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association. By contributing to this forum you are expressly agreeing that content posted containing any photos, images, audio or video content is not subject to copyright, and expressly acknowledge that the Santa Cruz Bar Association may use or reproduce such content as it chooses without compensation. Furthermore, you indemnify the SCCBA for any copyright infringement that may arise from content you have contributed.

Remember that the SCCBA and other Forum participants have the right to reproduce postings to this listserv.

Post your message only to the most appropriate list(s). Do not spam several Forums with the same message.


Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, and e-mail address.

State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting.

Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the Forum”, on the Forum. To unsubscribe from the Forum, email the SCCBA at and request removal.


This Forum is provided as a service of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association. The SCCBA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. The SCCBA disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by the SCCBA or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the SCCBA 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 any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. 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 the SCCBA and users of this list 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.

By using the SCCBA Forums, posters agree to indemnify defend and hold harmless the SCCBA, its directors, staff, committees and sections, its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers and agents from and against all losses, claims, demands, causes of action, liabilities, expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs arising from any claims arising out of or resulting from any breach of these guidelines by the user or any omission or act taken by the user.

The SCCBA does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the SCCBA’s attention, the SCCBA reserves the right to take all appropriate action in response. The SCCBA reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.