Terms Of Use

Welcome to the D.C. Bar Web site. This Terms and Conditions of Use Agreement (“Agreement”) is a contract between you and the D.C. Bar and governs all of your transactions and activities on, and all other use of, the D.C. Bar Web site at www.dcbar.org (“Web site”). Use of the Web site is also governed by the D.C. Bar’s Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into this Agreement by this reference and is available at http://www.dcbar.org/privacy-policy.cfm. By using the Web site, you agree to be bound by this Agreement, regardless of whether or not you are a member of the D.C. Bar.

Please read this Agreement with care. If you do not agree with it, you should leave the Web site immediately and discontinue use of the services provided on the Web site immediately.

ACCESS AND USE

Materials contained on this Web site (“Content”) are protected by law, including international trademark and copyright laws, and access to the Content is provided on the condition that it may be used only for personal, non-commercial purposes. The D.C. Bar grants you a limited, revocable, non-sublicensable license to reproduce and display the Content (excluding any software code) on your computer or other electronic device solely for your personal use in connection with viewing the Web site. This means that you may only view or download Content from this Website for your own use, and you must keep all copyright and other proprietary notices attached to the downloaded Content.

The D.C. Bar further grants you a limited, revocable, non-sublicensable license to print or download the Content on this Website for your personal, noncommercial use, including noncommercial use by members of the D.C. Bar, governmental entities, law firms, and nonprofit associations, provided that such use is for the purposes of complying with D.C. Bar rules and procedures, reporting, teaching, scholarship, or legal compliance and provided that the amount and substantiality of the Content so used is minimal in relation to the similar Content on the Website from which it is extracted and that its use has no more than a minimal economic effect on the potential market for or value of the Content.

In no event may information about members of the D.C. Bar, including but not limited to addresses, telephone numbers or email addresses, be copied, collected, compiled, scraped, linked, or otherwise taken from the Web site and used for commercial purposes without prior written permission from the D.C. Bar. Requests for permission for any such commercial use should be directed to the Copyright Agent identified below.

Likewise, in no event may you, without the express prior written consent of the D.C. Bar,

  • Copy, distribute, or download any Content on this Web site for any other purpose,
  • Modify any Content on this Web site for any reason,
  • Include any Content from this Web site in another Web site or other work, except as allowed by 17 U.S.C. § 107, or
  • Frame any Content on this Web site.

The Content protected by this Agreement includes, without limitation, all personal contact information of D.C. Bar members and D.C. Bar staff, any text, graphics, logos, icons, link buttons, photographs, audio or video material or stills from audiovisual material available on the Web site.

NOT LEGAL ADVICE

The D.C. Bar Web site is designed for educational and informational purposes only. The information contained on the D.C. Bar Web site does not and is not intended to convey legal advice and does not constitute the practice of law. You should not rely on the information on this Web site as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional legal advice. If you have any concerns or questions about a legal matter, you should consult with a licensed lawyer for personal legal advice. The D.C. Bar is not responsible for any actions or inaction on your part based on the information that is presented on this Web site. Use of this Web site or any of its Content does not create an attorney-client relationship with the D.C. Bar or any of its members.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY

The D.C. Bar is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of the Web site or any other person. With respect to the Web site, the D.C. Bar assumes no responsibility for any error, defect, interruption, deletion, delay in operation or transmission, theft, communications line failure, or destruction of data, or any unauthorized access to, or alteration of, any communications. Under no circumstances will the DC Bar be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from any use of the Web site, any content posted on the Web site by or transmitted to, or any interactions between, any users of the Web site, whether online or offline. The D.C. Bar neither represents, warrants, covenants, guarantees, nor promises any specific results from use of the Web site.

THE WEB SITE, INCLUDING ANY CONTENT OR INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN IT OR ANY SERVICE OR ADVICE PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH IT, IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITH NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK FOR YOUR USE OF THIS WEB SITE AND WEB SITE-RELATED SERVICES.

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

If you believe that any material contained on this Web site infringes your copyright, you should notify the D.C. Bar of your copyright infringement claim. The D.C. Bar will process notices of alleged infringement that it receives and will take appropriate action as required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable intellectual property laws.

The DMCA requires that notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to this Web site’s Designated Agent, who is its Copyright Agent, 1101 K Street, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005 (attention Karen Savranksy, Senior Managing Attorney).

The notification must be in writing and contain the following information:

  1. Physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
TERM

This Agreement will remain in full force and effect while you use the Web site or its Content and, notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, this Agreement will remain in effect after your status as a user is terminated. The D.C. Bar shall have the right to terminate any access rights in the event of any breach by you of this Agreement or of any conduct by you that threatens, harms, intimidates, or otherwise damages the D.C. Bar or its members.

FURTHER PROVISIONS

This Agreement, as accepted upon use of the Web site, contains the entire agreement between you and the D.C. Bar regarding the use of the Web site. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.

If you believe that any information about you on the D.C. Bar Web site is not accurate, please contact the D.C. Bar and explain the specific nature of your concerns.

Any dispute regarding this Agreement must first be brought to the attention of the D.C. Bar. All litigation arising out of this Agreement or the D.C. Bar Web site may be brought only in the courts in the District of Columbia. By using this Web site, you are purposefully availing yourself of this jurisdiction, and you hereby consent to the jurisdiction of the courts in the District of Columbia.

This Agreement may be modified by the D.C. Bar in its sole discretion from time to time and such modifications will prospectively become part of this Agreement and will be effective once posted by the D.C. Bar on the Web site, provided the prior Agreement will continue the govern your past use of the Web site. Further use of the Web site will be subject to any such modifications. You should review the Web site and this Agreement from time to time for any modifications.

Effective Date: August 19, 2009