Sections Email Policy
AS TO SECTIONS E-MAIL POLICY
Adopted by the Board of Trustees July 12, 2017
LOS ANGELES COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
SECTION CHAIR ACCESS TO AND USE OF
SECTION MEMBER CONTACT INFORMATION
In response to the expressed desire of Section Chairs to communicate by email directly with Section members, the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (“LACBA”) authorizes the transmittal to Section Chairs of the email addresses and professional contact information of their respective Section members and communication with the Section members via email subject to the following policies and procedures.
- LACBA will email all existing members with four calendar weeks’ notice of this policy change and their right to opt-out of email sharing.LACBA will also communicate this policy change via other LACBA communications such as “LACBA This Week” and “e-Briefs.”If a member opts out of sharing, LACBA will provide the Section Chair with only the member’s name and State Bar number.
- During the four-week notice period, any member may opt out of email sharing by giving written notice to LACBA of its election. After the initial four-week notice period, any member may opt-out of the email-sharing policy by providing written notice to both LACBA at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Section Chair of the member’s election. Each Section Chair so notified will promptly remove the member’s email addresses from its records.
- LACBA will inform each member at the time of this policy change and upon new member sign-up that such member will be solely responsible for communicating to both LACBA and the Chair(s) of the Section(s) to which the member belongs any change in the member’s email address.Once each quarter, LACBA will provide Section Chairs with an updated list of Section members and their contact information.
- Each Section Chair that elects to receive members’ email addresses and other contact information from LACBA must agree in writing to:
- Protect the confidentiality of the Section members’ email addresses with the same care as it uses to protect the e-mail addresses of clients and use them only for LACBA Section-related emails or for other matters that could benefit members of the Section (e.g., an industry networking event or a new case impacting the industry).
- At the end of its term, or upon resignation or other removal, as Section Chair, delete all Section membership information provided by LACBA from its own records, wherever maintained and however stored.
- Be solely responsible for compliance with any applicable legal obligations and other legal or industry standard practices relevant to the emails it sends to its Section members. General guidelines on CAN-SPAM compliance are provided by the Federal Trade Commission on its website, here: https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business. Such email addresses shall in no event be used in a manner which would undermine the status of LACBA as a tax-exempt organization under applicable California and federal law. Section Chairs are advised to consult their own counsel if they have questions regarding legal compliance. LACBA will not provide Section Chairs with legal advice.
- Handle technical challenges such as removal from law firm email blacklists, which are often operated by third-party vendors.
- Conduct email activity in a reasonable manner and in accordance with these policies.
- Include LACBA’s Section Contacts Admin at email@example.com as a recipient of each email sent to Section members.