Privacy Policy

Internet Privacy Policy

Disclaimer and Privacy Policy Applicable to the Virginia State Bar Website and its Practice Section Websites

This privacy policy covers the Virginia State Bar (VSB) website (www.vsb.org) and the VSB practice section websites that are based upon the domain name vsb.org. Collectively these are the “VSB website” and a practice section’s website is a “section website.” 

The following information shall not be interpreted as a contract of any nature, either stated or implied. We reserve the right to amend our Internet Privacy Policy statement at any time without notice.

Date of last revision: April 27, 2016.
 

External Links

Note that this policy only applies to Web pages on the VSB website. The VSB website provides links to websites that are not controlled, maintained, sponsored, or regulated by the VSB or any organization affiliated with the VSB.  The links to other websites are included solely for their value as educational, reference, or research tools. The inclusion of a hypertext link to an external website is not intended as an endorsement of any product or service offered or referenced on the linked website, the organizations sponsoring said website, or any views that might be expressed or referenced in the website. The VSB is not responsible for the content of those websites. When you move via such links to another website, this policy will not apply.

Hypertext links to external websites and pages may be removed or replaced at any time without notice.

If a hypertext link on the website is not working, please contact our Webmaster by e-mailing vsbinfo@vsb.org.

 

No Attorney-Client Relationship

The VSB does not create an attorney-client relationship by maintaining this website or by allowing you access to it. Also, the VSB site may allow you to subscribe to electronic publications such as newsletters. Subscription to these publications does not create an attorney-client relationship. While the VSB strives to keep material on this site current and accurate, it is possible that information on this site or in electronic publications may be inaccurate, incomplete, outdated, or inapplicable to your legal needs.

Please do not send any requests for legal advice via the interactivity that may be offered by the VSB website, such as the e-mail addresses of section members. You should assume that such communications will not be attorney-client privileged.

 

Information Collected

When you visit the VSB website, your Internet Protocol (IP) address, the type of browser you use, the date and time of your visit, the pages or services you visited, and the name of the website that referred you to our website are collected.

We use cookies, small data files that our site places on your computer to keep track of your preferences, to collect and store information when you visit the site. We use this information to evaluate and improve the site’s content and usefulness.

Most browsers automatically accept cookies by default, but you may refuse cookies or selectively accept certain cookies by adjusting the preferences in your browser. If you turn off cookies, there may be some features of our site that will not be available to you and some Web pages may not display properly.

When you electronically submit information via the VSB website, the VSB may request that you provide certain information in order to deliver the service(s) requested by you and possibly to communicate with you regarding VSB matters. If you request to unsubscribe to such service(s), we will attempt to process your unsubscribe request as soon as possible.

The VSB website may permit you to send e-mail to listed individuals, including lawyers who hold various VSB positions. As noted above, such communications may not be attorney-client privileged. Also, because such communications are not part of an attorney-client relationship, individuals have no legal duty to respond.

The VSB website may allow you to request that information be contained in a VSB printed or electronic publication. If you so request, the information you provide may be used for that purpose and may be included in other publications and informational materials of the VSB or one of the VSB’s practice sections.

 

Third-Party Service Providers

We may use third-party service providers to help us analyze certain online activities, measure the performance of our website, and monitor the effectiveness of e-mail communications. We may use a third-party service provider to help us efficiently send e-mail communications to members. Aside from member e-mail addresses, we do not share any personal information about members with third-party service providers. Our third-party service providers are prohibited from sharing, selling, or renting member e-mail addresses.

 

Applicable Law

We protect our records in accordance with our obligations as defined by applicable state and federal statutes. Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), any records in our possession at the time of a FOIA request might be subject to inspection by or disclosure to members of the public. However, identifiable personal information will be removed when permitted by FOIA.
 

Restrictions on Disclosure of User Information

We do not sell or rent user information to any outside organization. We do not reveal specific information about users or other personally identifiable data to organizations outside the VSB, its sections, and local bar organizations for their independent use, unless required to do so by FOIA or other law.

 

Correction of Collected Information

If you submit any personally identifying information via the VSB website, you may gain access to this information by calling the VSB during its business hours. At such time, you also may request that such information be updated or otherwise corrected.

 

Distribution Privacy

If and when we send broadcast e-mails to members of any distribution list, we will do so in a manner such that no recipient sees the identities of the other recipients.

 

Security

We do not request or anticipate that you will disclose any private information via the VSB website, such as health information, financial information, medical information, or Social Security numbers.

 

Protection of Information Via Established Security Procedures

We maintain security standards and procedures to prevent unauthorized removal or alteration of data to ensure that this service remains available to all users, and to prevent unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage.


No Liability for Acts of Third Parties

We will use reasonable efforts to safeguard the confidentiality of data provided via the VSB website. Nonetheless, transmissions made by means of the Internet cannot be made absolutely secure by us, since we do not control the Internet. We disclaim any liability for disclosure of data due to errors in transmission by third parties or unauthorized acts of third parties.

 

Copyright

The copyright to the VSB website is owned by the VSB, and pages are marked with the notice “(c) 1996-2016 Virginia State Bar.” Permission is granted to website visitors to make fair use of the contents, as per http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html. If you are in doubt about whether your use constitutes fair use, please send a request for explicit permission to copy the contents to the webmaster at vsbinfo@vsb.org.

 

Questions

If you have questions about the VSB Internet Privacy Policy or website, please contact us at vsbinfo@vsb.org.

 

Disclaimer

The VSB does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorse any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or outdated. Any person or entity who or which relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his/her/its own risk. The information and statements contained on this site shall not be used for the purposes of advertising, nor to imply the endorsement or recommendation of the VSB.

 

Updated: April 27, 2016

Updated: Apr 29, 2016