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The High Altitude Discussion List continues as a valuable resource to all members of the Colorado Bar Association’s Real Estate Section. For any of you who may not be a part of the group yet, simply go to the CBA’s website – www.cobar.org – click on the “For Lawyers” link, then click on the “Listservs” link. From there you will be able to select the “Real Estate Law Section Listserv” and then you are in. Specific discussion topics are now listed and can be retrieved from the CBA’s website. To get there, again, select the “For Lawyers” link, then select “By Practice Area,” then select “Real Estate Law Section,” and, finally, select “Discussion List Index.” Some basic High Altitude Discussion List rules to follow are:

  1. The email address for the discussion list is: colorado_bar_association_real_estate_section@lists.cobar.org
  2. Tailor your message to the issue being addressed or up for discussion, since that will tend to produce the best and most prompt responses from your colleagues.
  3. Please keep your messages as short and to the point as is consistent with conveying the substance of your thoughts. While direct posts to the discussion list are permitted, the High Altitude moderator reserves the right to edit messages for clarity, brevity and to eliminate redundant or inappropriate content. Profanity and obscenities are strictly prohibited. Following a warning, repeat violators will be permanently removed from the Discussion List by the moderator.
  4. Please sign your message with your full name. Among other things, this gives your colleagues the opportunity to consult directly with you on questions or issues that may have come up in discussion.
  5. Posting a subject line that reflects your message’s content affords your colleagues the ability to prioritize their reading. This is a significant consideration particularly when the list of subscribers is large and there is a high volume of transmissions.
  6. While undeniably useful, attachments can cause a number of unintended problems such as incompatible software, viruses and other bad things. Therefore, attachments to messages are not permitted at this time. If subscribers wish to share attachments, please arrange to do that outside of the High Altitude Discussion List through their personal electronic mailboxes.
  7. It is important to remember that all messages or replies are sent to the entire list, unless otherwise directed. Consequently, if you wish to transmit something of a more personal or private nature, please make sure that it is sent to the specific recipient intended. When at all possible, be sure to avoid replies that include prior correspondence, since this tends to slow down the discussion process. When you “reply” to a message, your message will be addressed to the email address established for the High Altitude Discussion List, thus posting your response to all subscribers.
  8. When creating your “out of office” automatic reply, ensure the subject line of your auto-reply email contains one of the following phrases: “Out of Office” or “Auto Reply.” This will avoid unnecessary posts to the entire list.
    Please note this is a change to the Discussion List Best Practices: Before it was necessary for members to unsubscribe while out of office to avoid unnecessary posts.
  9. A short message using simple formatting is your best bet to ensure that all the intended recipients can view your transmission without any difficulty.
  10. Advertising and solicitations for business are strictly prohibited.
  11. The Colorado Bar Association 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 a 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.

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