The State Bar of California
NOTICES AND TERMS OF USE

Privacy Policy

Legal Information, not Legal advice

This site includes areas that will give information that is intended to help consumers find legal assistance, learn about the law and the legal system in California, or work better with an attorney. This site and the information provided, however, do not constitute legal advice and must not be used as a substitute for the counsel and services that you may require from an attorney authorized to practice law in your jurisdiction.  Your use of this site does not create an attorney-client relationship or any other professional relationship whatsoever between you and the State Bar of California.  Your reliance and use of the information contained in or linked from this site is done at your own risk.

Links

This website contains links to other sites. When you link to another site, you are no longer on our site and are subject to the privacy policies and other practices of the new site. The State Bar has no control over and is not responsible for the information, practices or content of these or any other sites and your participation in promotions or services of any kind with any third party found on or though this site, or your correspondence or business dealings of any kind with any third party found on or through this site, including without limitation, payments, warranties, or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and that third party.

The State Bar is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of your dealings with third party advertisers, or as the result of the presence of such advertisers on the website.

Links to the State Bar website

If you would like to link to the State Bar’s website, please read and comply with the following guidelines and all applicable laws. A website that links to the State Bar’s site:

  • May not replicate the State Bar’s content.
  • May not create a browser or border environment around the State Bar’s content.
  • May not imply that the State Bar is endorsing, recommending, promoting or preferring it or its products or services.
  • May not misrepresent its relationship with the State Bar, its members, officers, directors or affiliates.
  • May not present false information about the State Bar, its services or activities.
  • May not use the State Bar logo, screen shot, splash screen or any the State Bar’s marks displayed on this site without permission from the State Bar.
  • May not be a website that infringes any intellectual property or other right of any entity or person, including, but not limited to violating anyone’s copyrights or trademarks, violating any law or advocating illegal activity.

The State Bar expressly reserves the right to request that any link to the State Bar’s site be removed and to undertake whatever other action it deems appropriate. See more information on the State Bar's outgoing and incoming web linking policy.

Disclaimers

The State Bar attempts to maintain the accuracy of the content of its website. Any errors or omissions should be reported.

The State Bar makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the absolute accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the content of this website and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the content. No warranty of any kind, express, implied or statutory, including but not limited to warranties relating to non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the content of this website or its hyperlinks to other Internet resources.

You assume all risk for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from use of, or obtaining any content from, the State Bar’s website, including without limitation, any damages resulting from computer virus.

Reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or preference by the State Bar, or its employees or agents.  The State Bar will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any actual or alleged damage, or loss caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services available on or through any third party.

The State Bar does not routinely monitor content, but the State Bar and its designees reserve the right to monitor, restrict access to, edit or remove any content that is available via the website at any time.

Ownership, copyright and trademark policy and notice

Copyright © The State Bar of California, 1995-2013

This website, home page, web content and all publications on the site are copyrighted by The State Bar of California.

Except for information about attorneys that is in the public domain, all right, title, and interest in and to the content displayed on the website, including but not limited to the website’s look and feel, data, information, documents, text, logos, services, software, graphics, images, sound or video materials, designs, trademarks, service marks, trade names, and URL, belong to and are the exclusive property of The State Bar of California, or its respective partners, agents or third parties, and may not be copied, displayed, distributed, downloaded, linked, modified, posted, reproduced, republished, or transmitted in any form or  by any means without the prior written consent of the State Bar.

The State Bar of California grants you a nonexclusive, nontransferable, revocable and limited license to use the State Bar’s website for your personal, informational, noncommercial purposes only.  All other rights are reserved by The State Bar of California.  The State Bar’s website may not be downloaded or reproduced in any form or format for distribution or sale for commercial purposes.

In addition, the State Bar may take any appropriate action, including without limitation issuing warnings, suspension or termination of the privileges of anyone who uses this website to unlawfully transmit copyrighted material without a license, the express consent of the copyright owner, or other valid defense, for any infringement or repeated infringements. If you submit any information to this website, you warrant that this information does not infringe upon the copyright or other rights of any third party.

Copyright, copyright agent

The State Bar asks our users to respect the intellectual property of others. Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. sec. 512, the State Bar has designated an agent to receive notices of claimed copyright infringement. If you believe in good faith that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide the State Bar’s Copyright Agent the following information:

  • An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  • A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the website;
  • Your address, telephone number and e-mail address;
  • A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  • A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

The State Bar’s Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on its site is Psyche Pascual, who can be reached at: 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105; (telephone) 415-538-2513; (email) Psyche.Pascual@calbar.ca.gov

If you believe that a notice of copyright infringement has been wrongly filed against you and you would like to submit a counter-notification, you may file a Counter-Notification in Response to Claim of Copyright Infringement with the State Bar's Copyright Agent.

You may want to seek independent legal counsel before filing a notification or counter-notification.

Security

Security is an important component of the State Bar’s website, but even a comprehensive security system cannot prevent a security violation, and the receipt and transmission of a computer virus or other harmful or destructive element may not be prevented.

The State Bar’s website may include computer software applications designed to enhance, limit, or protect the State Bar website, including without limitation a computer software application designed to prevent the receipt and transmission of computer viruses or other harmful or destructive elements.  By use of this site, you agree not to violate, modify, attempt to violate, or attempt to modify the computer software applications of the State Bar website.

Investigation

The State Bar reserves the right in its exclusive discretion to investigate complaints or reports of any violation of the State Bar website and to take any action it finds appropriate in response to any such complaints or reports, including the reporting of such violation to law enforcement or regulatory officials.  The State Bar further reserves the right to provide such officials with any information collected in the course of its investigation, including without limitation individual profiles, electronic mail addresses, usage histories, posted materials, and Internet Protocol addresses.

Termination and Suspension

The State Bar reserves the exclusive right at any time, with or without notice, to amend, limit, modify, suspend, or terminate the State Bar website.  The State Bar may also delete or prevent access to or use of all related information and files.  The State Bar will not be liable to you or any third-party for any modification, suspension, or termination of this site, or the loss of related information.

Modification

The State Bar may notify you by electronic mail, regular mail or posting notices or links to the State Bar website of any modifications to the State Bar website.  The State Bar may amend any policy or notice at any time by posting the amended policy or notice on the State Bar website.  Your use of the State Bar website after such posting will constitute consent to any modified policies and/or notices.

Contact information

If you have any questions or concerns with respect to the privacy policy or these other notices or about the State Bar’s website, you may contact us at: feedback@calbar.ca.gov

or by mail at:

The State Bar of California
Attn: Laura Ernde
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105