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Listserve Forum Guidelines

A listserve serves as an electronic mailing list to form online interest groups or to facilitate group discussions among listserve members. Listserves are used to promote two–way communication and discussion on an ongoing basis for the timely exchange of information, tips, and advice among attorneys in your particular area of practice.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association makes no representations that its listserve is a secure means of confidential or protected communication. Use of the LACBA listserve establishes agreement to and understanding of these terms.

Only LACBA members may participate on these listserves, and further, a section listserve is only for section members, and committee listserve for committee members, etc.



The following guidelines establish a framework to help everyone reap the highest benefits.


  1. Etiquette – Formalities on sending messages
  2. Unsubscribe - Click the link in your forum email.
  3. Managing Your Emails – Control number of forum emails.
  4. Vacation/Extend Absences – Unsubscribe for a specific time period.
  5. Use Discretion – Avoid rants and lengthy messages
  6. Limited Discussions of Political Issues – No political campaigning or fundraising solicitations.
  7. Report Inappropriate Usage – Email concerns to your Section's moderator.
  8. Content Standards
    • No Graphics/or Images
    • Notice of Events Need to be LACBA Affiliated
    • Notice of a LACBA Sponsored Event
    • Notice of an Event that is Co-Sponsored
    • Copyright Policy

  1. Etiquette. Each message must contain the full name, firm name and telephone number of the sender. Hit reply all to respond to the group as a whole and hit reply to respond only to the sender. Do not forward messages because they will be rejected by the listserve and will not reach the intended party. We get numerous complaints from members who are receiving too much email, so please use "reply all" judiciously.
  2. Unsubscribe is only a click away. At any time, any forum participant can opt out. You simply click the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of your email content page, and click "yes" after your browser opens to the confirmation page. No other action is needed.
    • Send an email to join-listname@forums.lacba.org (replace "listname" with the name of your list, example: nomail-familylaw@forums.lacba.org) to opt back in.
  3. Managing Your Emails: You might want to create a special folder in your email application to organize the forum emails. With certain email applications, you can even automate placing your forum emails into a folder. You might choose to receive only the 'digest' version of the forum which delivers all the daily emails in a single mail to your inbox, where you can scan the various discussions. To change your preference, go to the List Manager page, log in to your list/forum, click on the tab in the column at the left side of the page labeled "My Account" and go to "Membership type." The drop-down menu there gives you the mail options.
  4. Vacation/Extended Absences. To subscribe or unsubscribe for a specific period of time, send a blank email to: nomail-listname@forums.lacba.org (replace "listname" with the name of your list, example: nomail-familylaw@forums.lacba.org) and this will set your account to not receive any email from the listserve. When you want to rejoin the listserve, send another email to mail-listname@forums.lacba.org to have your account set to receive emails from the list.
  5. Use Discretion. Avoid rants and lengthy messages. Use brevity and diplomacy in communications to be respectful to other listserve members.
  6. Limited Discussions of Political Issues are permitted and encouraged only as relevant to the forum, however, the forum may not be used for political campaigning or fundraising purposes under any circumstances.
  7. Report Inappropriate Usage. Participants are asked to report any disruptive comments since they are the most frequent readers of the forums and apt to spot inappropriate usage. Please email your concerns to your Section's moderator.
  8. Content Standards:
    a. No Graphics/or Images are permitted in messages—text only please.
    b. Notice of Events Need to be LACBA Affiliated. Solicitations for membership, fundraising, and events for other organizations create too much email traffic for non-LACBA events, and it is therefore not allowed on LACBA lists.
    c. Notice of a LACBA Sponsored Event may be sent to list members, but do not forward the event notice. It is permissible to copy the text from the event notice, and forward it to list members. Brevity is always important for list messages, however, so it is a better practice to summarize the information and provide a link for the reader to obtain more information.
    d. Notice of an Event that is co-sponsored by LACBA and another organization: It is permissible to copy text from the event notice and forward it to list members. Do not forward the event notice. Again, brevity is always important for list messages, so it is a better practice to summarize the information and provide a link for the reader to obtain more information.
    e. All materials posted on this site are subject to copyrights owned by Los Angeles County Bar Association and other individuals or entities. Any republication, retransmission, and/or reproduction of all or part of any materials found on this site is expressly prohibited, unless the copyright owner of the material has expressly granted its prior written consent to so republish, retransmit, or reproduce the material. All other rights are reserved.
    The names, logos, trademarks, and service marks of Los Angeles County Bar Association appearing on this site may not be used in any advertising or publicity, or otherwise to indicate sponsorship of or affiliation with any product or service, without Los Angeles County Bar Association's prior express written permission.

 

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