|Terms and Conditions|
The information contained in this website is provided to users for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice, nor is the transmission or receipt of such information intended to create an attorney-client relationship between any VBA member and the user or browser. Although it is the VBA's goal to provide quality information, the VBA expressly disclaims all liability to any person who, upon reliance on the information provided in this website, takes or fails to take any particular action. Furthermore, the VBA makes no claims, promises, warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this website. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel. Your continued use of this website constitutes your acceptance of this disclaimer and acknowledgement that under no circumstances shall the VBA be liable for any direct, indirect, special, consequential or any other damages arising out of or in any way connected with use of this website.
Copyright © 1995-2014 The Virginia Bar Association. All rights reserved. Except for material in the public domain under United States copyright law, all material contained on the website is protected by United States copyright laws. Reproduction of part or all of the contents, in any form, is prohibited other than for individual use only, provided any copies include the copyright, and may not be re-copied and shared with a third party. The permission to re-copy by an individual does not allow for incorporation of copied material in any work or publication, whether in hard copy, electronic, or any other form.
VBA is a trademark of The Virginia Bar Association and is protected by state and federal trademark laws. Other trademarks may appear on this website with permission from their respective owners. Any unauthorized use of trademarks appearing on this website may constitute trademark infringement, which would subject the user to substantial civil penalties.
The VBA will not tolerate copyright infringement of any kind. If you believe that any material on this website infringes your copyright, you may seek to have the material removed by sending notice that includes all of the following information:
Direct such notice to the VBA's designated agent for receiving copyright infringement notices:
If material posted by you is removed due to alleged copyright infringement, you may seek to have the materials reinstated by notifying the designated agent in writing and including the following information:
Upon receipt of a notice meeting the above requirements, the VBA will send a copy of the notice to the copyright owner who initially claimed copyright infringement. Within 10 to 14 days following receipt of the notice, the VBA will replace or enable access to the removed material unless it receives notice from the copyright owner who submitted the first notification that it has filed an action seeking a court order to restrain the user that posted the materials from engaging in infringing activity. Please note that parties who misrepresent that materials are infringing or were removed by mistake or misidentification are subject to substantial civil liability.
These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state circuit courts and federal courts located within the Commonwealth of Virginia to resolve any claim or dispute arising out of or based upon this website, or these Terms and Conditions.
Purpose of the Website
The Virginia Bar Association created this website as a tool to help its members and the legal community and the general public connect with useful information.
The VBA is committed to the online privacy of its website visitors and recognizes the need to safeguard and manage any personally identifiable data.
“Personally identifiable data” refers to any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, a first and last name, a home or other physical address and an email address or other contact information, whether at work or at home. Personal information does not include statistical data about large numbers of users, none of which is identifiable, nor does it include information that you have posted for public view on the website or otherwise publicly disclosed.
The VBA strives to comply with all applicable laws that are designed to protect a visitor's privacy. The VBA's goal is to provide protection for a visitor's personal information no matter where or how that information is collected, transferred or retained. If you elect to provide the VBA with personal information on the web, the VBA may transfer that information within the VBA to the VBA members or to a third-party service provider for the purpose of expediting requested services. We do not sell, rent or distribute email addresses to anyone outside the VBA. If at any time you wish to be removed from our email mailings, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 804-644-0041 or simply follow the instructions associated with the correspondence or listserve in which you would like to be removed.
The VBA from time to time will make information, which is provided by members in their “public profile," available to other members and its professional partners. All material that is sent in such correspondence must be reviewed in advance by the VBA for content and suitability prior to being circulated. If you do not wish to be included on such correspondence, please contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at 804-644-0041.
Third parties provide certain services available on the VBA website on the VBA's behalf. The VBA may provide information, including personal information that the VBA collects on the web, to third-party service providers to help the VBA deliver programs, products, information and services. Service providers are also an important means by which the VBA maintains its website. The VBA will take reasonable steps to ensure that these third-party service providers are obligated to protect personal information on the VBA's behalf.
The VBA does not intend to transfer personal information without a visitor's expressed consent to third parties who are not bound to act on the VBA's behalf unless such transfer is required by law.
Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
Certain areas on the VBA website utilize “cookies" and other tracking technologies. A cookie is a small text file that may be used, for example, to maintain a user session or to collect/track general information about website activity. Some cookies and other technologies may serve to recall personal information previously indicated by a website visitor. Most browsers allow a visitor to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them.
Our site uses forms that require users to provide both “public” and “private” contact information, payment methods and other information. The VBA utilizes this information to process orders and special requests and to send to the user requested products or services or information about the VBA. The customer's contact information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary. Information regarding method of payment is collected for membership purposes and to check the users' qualifications and bill the user for authorized products and services.
The VBA site contains links to other external websites that do not fall under our domain. The VBA is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such external websites. Unless otherwise specifically stated on this website, the VBA does not make any representation regarding the reliability, quality or accuracy of any product or service featured in or linked to this website.
This site may make chat rooms, forums, listserves and message boards available to the VBA members. You are solely responsible for your communications and the consequences for posting those communications. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas or through these media becomes public information, and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal or other information. Although the VBA attempts to take reasonable care in safeguarding your personal information when you are using these forums, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use these forums at your own risk. It is also not the VBA's responsibility to maintain the secrecy of any passwords you set up and/or any account information which you have disclosed.
Wherever a visitor's personal information may be held by the VBA or on its behalf, the VBA intends to take reasonable and appropriate steps to protect this personal information from unauthorized access or disclosure.
The VBA is not structured to attract children. Accordingly, the VBA does not knowingly collect personal information from anyone we know to be under 13 years of age. By using this website, you represent that you are not under 13 years of age.
Effective July 2014