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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), the Virginia Lawyer Referral Services online portal, the Member Login portal, event registration pages, Virginia Lawyer magazine pages, the So You’re 18 website, and the VSB practice section and conference websites that are based upon the domain name vsb.org. Collectively these are the “VSB website,” a practice section’s website is a “section website,” and a conference websites is a “conference 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: October 23, 2018.

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 emailing 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and accurate, it is possible that information on this site or in electronic publications may be inaccurate, incomplete, outdated, or inapplicable to your legal needs.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 email 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 email 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, provide web based member services, and monitor the effectiveness of email communications. We may use a third-party service provider to help us efficiently send email communications to members. Aside from member email 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 information and email addresses.

The terms of this Privacy Policy only apply to the VSB websites and not to any third-party sites which may be linked to or which you can access from the VSB websites. We have no control over how any of your information may be collected or used by the owner or operator of any third-party site, and we encourage you to read any privacy policy posted on a third-party site.


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 information collected about website users (see: “Information Collected’) to any outside organization. We do not reveal specific information about website users 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 emails to members of any distribution list, we will do so in a manner such that no recipient sees the identities of the other recipients.



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.

We have implemented measures designed to secure your Personal Information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure. The safety and security of your information also depends on you. You are responsible for safeguarding the username and password associated with your VSB Member Portal account and notifying us immediately if you suspect your username and password or your VSB Member Portal account have been compromised.
The transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Information transmitted to or through the our websites. Any transmission of Personal Information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained in the VSB websites.


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.



The copyright to the VSB website is owned by the VSB, and pages are marked with the notice “(c) 1996-2018 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.



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



The VSB does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorse any content, viewpoints, products, services, or advertisements 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.


Terms and Conditions of Use for Virginia Lawyer Referral Services portal. 

The VLRS is a service of the Virginia State Bar (VSB). The VSB website and the VLRS pages are designed to provide general information to the public and are not intended to, and do not, offer legal advice. The VSB makes no warranties or representations concerning an attorney’s ability to handle a client’s particular legal matter. The decision to employ an attorney is solely that of the client, subject to the attorney’s willingness to accept employment. There is no attorney-client relationship formed by any use of the information provided on the website, the VLRS application, or by VSB staff. If your legal problem is an emergency, you should consult an attorney immediately. 

Updated: Oct 23, 2018