The purpose of this listserve is to foster the community of attorney members of the Solo Small Firm Section members. In this regard, the listserve gives participants the ability to exchange information, develop relationships and participate in our solo small firm community in meaningful ways.  This list is not moderated. Any views expressed are solely those of the posting attorney and not those of the Colorado Bar Association (“CBA”).

 

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Solo Small Firm Listserve Guidelines

The Rules

1)    Maintain civility at all times. The discussions on the list are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may. Differences of opinion are acceptable and expected; do not let those differences cross the line into personal attack.

2)    This listserve is not private or confidential. Do not post anything on the listserve you would not want the world to see or that you would not want everyone to know came from you.

3)    Do not post anonymously. Make sure everyone on the list knows who is sending the message. Your full name, email, name of your firm, and geographic location should be visible.

4)    Do not forward or share list strings of this listserve outside of this group without the consent of those who posted on the string. At the same time, post on the assumption that whatever you put on the list will be seen far and wide.  All exchanges are public domain.

5)    Advertising and solicitations for business (other than client referrals) are strictly prohibited.

6)    Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and The Legal Stuff below.

7)    Only attorney section members are permitted on the listserve.

8)    Do not post messages asking about (or volunteering information on) the amount charged for hourly billing rates, flat fees, charges for copies, faxes, bonuses, profits, salaries for staff, or related topics. Discussions of this nature could be construed as collusion, which is an antitrust violation.

9)    Respect your colleagues’ time. Before posting a question, do your own research first. In your posting, mention what you’ve already done to answer your own question.

10)    Participation in the listserve community is voluntary and is based on the mutual exchange of information, so no one is obligated to provide particular information or documents in response to a request. People do this out of the goodness or their hearts and you shouldn’t make them feel bad about not responding.

Listserve Posting

 

1)    State concisely and clearly the topic of your posting in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately. If you are starting a new topic, don’t reply to an old message thread. Start a new message with a new subject line.  This makes it easier for everyone to locate messages.

2)    Send a message to the entire list only when it contains information from which everyone can benefit. If you are looking for particular information that may not be appropriate to share, invite an offline contact or consult.

3)    Use caution when discussing people, products or services. Information posted on the list is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. Specifically, Rule 1.6 of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct requires that attorneys maintain client confidentiality.

4)    Attachments may contain viruses. If you attach a document to your post, make sure it is appropriately named, it does not contain confidential client information, and it has been checked for viruses.

5)    If you feel you’re getting too many individual posts, remember there is a digest version available. Signing up for the digest means you will receive just one email per day that contains all the posts from that day. If you’re interested, email zcook@cobar.org and let him know you want to sign up for the digest version of the Solo-Small Firm Listserve.

6)    Messages such as "Thanks for the information" or "Me, too" should be sent to individuals—not the entire list.

7)    Understand “reply to” a post will be sent to the entire list (all subscribers will receive a copy of the reply). If you want to reply only to a single individual, “forward” the message then manually insert the email address of the individual you want to reply to.

8)    When creating your “out of office” automatic reply, be sure the subject line of your auto-reply email contains one of the following phrases: “Out of Office” or “Auto Reply.”

9)    Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me” through the list. Instead, follow the instructions at the bottom of each message generated by the list, or send an email to unsubscribe-ssf- listserv@lists.cobar.org.

10)    Add ssf-listserv@lists.cobar.org to your Safe Senders list in your email program. Otherwise, you run the risk of being automatically removed from the listserve because of too many “bounce backs.”

The Legal Stuff

This discussion list is provided as a service of the CBA. The CBA is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. The CBA disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by CBA or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the CBA or any individual list member be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this list.

Listserve rules and/or disclaimers make no claims to privacy or confidentiality even if the list is “closed.” Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials or use profane or unprofessional language. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner.

The CBA does not actively monitor the list for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the CBA’s attention, the CBA will take all appropriate action. The CBA reserves the right to terminate access by any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

The CBA is committed to compliance with all federal and state antitrust laws. In keeping with that commitment, attorneys are reminded that certain topics are not proper subjects for discussion and consideration by and between competing attorneys. Any action taken to eliminate, restrict, or govern competition among members may constitute violation of the antitrust laws. If there is any discussion relating to significant factors of competition, an inference may be made that such a discussion is for the purpose of agreeing upon a common course of business conduct.  Among the subjects which should never be discussed are fees, prices; costs; delinquency charges or fees; conditions, terms and prices of service; allocating or sharing customers; or refusing to deal with a particular supplier or class of suppliers. Agreements among competitors relating to any of these subjects may be per se violations of the antitrust laws and can lead to criminal and civil penalties.