August 31, 2014
Privacy Policy

Privacy

We do not collect personal information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us or you choose a service on this Web site where gathering personal information is necessary to deliver the specific services. But use of those services is entirely voluntary.

During your visit to the State Bar of California’s (“State Bar”) Web site, our Web server automatically gathers and stores certain information about your use of the site.  This information does not personally identify you, and your e-mail address is not collected in this automatic process. The information that is automatically collected and stored is:

  • Your Internet domain and Internet Protocol address.
  • The type of browser and operating system you used to access our site.
  • The date and time of your visit to our site.
  • The Web pages or services you accessed at this site.
  • The IP address of the Web site from which you came to this site.
  • The Web site to which you go when you leave this site.
  • If you downloaded a form, the form that was downloaded.

We use this information to evaluate and improve the content of our site and to make our site more useful to our visitors. We also use it to diagnose problems with our server, to keep our server running smoothly, and to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology they use. This information does not identify or track you personally.

The State Bar makes every attempt to avoid the use of “cookies,” the simple text files stored on your computer by your Web browser. Cookies may be used on our site when needed to maintain the functionality of an interactive application and is used only during the session in which you access the interactive application.  Cookies created on your computer by using this Web site do not contain personal information and do not compromise your privacy or security.

The cookie feature is used only to store a randomly generated identifying temporary tag on your computer. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer by using any of the widely available methods. However, if you turn off your cookie option, you may not be able to access some of the features in our interactive applications.

The State Bar’s Web site contains links to third party sites and advertisers.  The State Bar is not responsible for the use of cookies, the privacy policies or the content of those sites.

My State Bar Profile

Members of the State Bar are required by law to maintain a current office address and telephone number, or other address to be used for State Bar purposes, on the official membership records of the State Bar.

A member who has registered online and created a My State Bar Profile account may use the account to change his or her address of record. A member’s address of record is public information and is used for regulatory purposes of the State Bar.

The State Bar may also provide State Bar members’ names and postal addresses to select outside entities so that State Bar members receive information or promotional materials by mail that may interest them.

Some pages provide you with an opportunity to order products, make requests, and register to receive materials and/or services.  The types of personal information collected on these pages may include:

  • Business Name
  • Contact Name
  • Address, City, State and Zip
  • E-mail Address
  • Phone Number
  • Fax Number
  • Business Type
  • Credit/Debit Card Information

This information is passed on to the applicable third-party provider, but a copy of this material is maintained by the State Bar’s third-party marketing administrator, solely for use by the State Bar.

How We Use State Bar Members’ Personal Information

Financial Information
Since features exist on the State Bar’s Web site that enable or will enable visitors to make purchases, receive services and/or register for events online using their credit/debit card, the financial information collected by the State Bar during these transactions is used solely by the State Bar or State Bar vendors who collect this information for the State Bar.  This information is not shared with outside parties except for the purposes of finalizing the transaction.  This information is not used for any other purpose whatsoever.  The State Bar is further committed to protecting the security of your personal financial information, and has in place various security measures to safeguard this information from unauthorized access, use, and/or disclosure.  Once a transaction is completed, the State Bar purges the financial information used to facilitate or consummate the transaction.

Additional Information
A member’s address of record is public information and is used for regulatory purposes of the State Bar.

Except for credit/debit card and other financial information provided, the State Bar further reserves the right to use personal information provided in connection with CalBar Connect, a members-only Web site for attorneys to link to affinity partners who are offering value-added products to California lawyers.

The State Bar may provide members’ names, business types, postal and e-mail addresses, and phone and fax numbers to these select outside entities affiliated with this program so that State Bar members may receive information or promotional materials that may interest them.

The State Bar’s Membership List Policy permits member names to be provided (at cost) to a restricted list of outside entities that meet certain criteria.  The names are provided for State Bar-sponsored member benefits, such as attorney insurance program offerings, MCLE provider programs, State Bar member affinity sponsors, Foundation of the State Bar programs, local bar programs and a variety of professional discounts.

The State Bar protects its member list to ensure that information is used specifically to serve its members’ interests.  The select outside affiliates of the State Bar must agree to use personal information based on the State Bar’s instructions, and in compliance with this Policy and any other applicable law, confidentiality and security provision.

The Opportunity to Opt-Out
Attorneys who wish to remove their name from The State Bar of California Promotional Membership List may do so at any time by logging onto Member Login on the home page of the State Bar’s Web site, www.calbar.ca.gov. After registering with My State Bar Profile, go to “Change my address, phone numbers, and opt out preference.”  A State Bar member also may remove his or her name from this list by sending a request to memrec@calbar.ca.gov (include your bar number), or request an opt-out form by calling the Member Services Center, 1-888-800-3400 or 415-538-2225.

State Bar members who choose to opt out will not receive mailings about State Bar-sponsored member benefits.  The State Bar makes best efforts to communicate an opt-out request to its affiliates in a timely fashion.  Please note, there may be some period of delay between the time a member chooses to opt-out and the completion of the opt-out request.

A State Bar member’s election to opt-out is effective for a period of at least five years, beginning when the member’s opt-out election is received and implemented, unless the member subsequently revokes the opt-out in writing or electronically.  Once that period expires, the member will receive a renewal notice that allows the member to continue to limit marketing offers from the State Bar’s affiliates for another five years.

My Law Student Profile

A law student who has created a My Law Student Profile account may use the account to change his or her e-mail address of record, or remove his or her name from the State Bar’s My Law Student Profile database.

Simply login to your personal My Law Student Profile, then go to “Change My Law Student Profile Information.”

How We Use Law Students’ Personal Information
The State Bar may provide law students’ names, e-mail addresses, current law school and expected graduation date to select outside entities so that My Law Student Profile users may receive information or promotional materials by e-mail that may interest them. By creating your own My Law Student Profile on the State Bar’s Web site, you agree to receive electronic mailings from the State Bar, local bar associations, and other select companies offering promotional information and benefits.

The State Bar protects its law students’ list to ensure that information is used specifically to serve law students’ interests.  The select outside affiliates of the State Bar must agree to use personal information based on the State Bar’s instructions, and in compliance with this Policy and any other applicable law, confidentiality and security provision.

The Opportunity to Opt-Out
Law students who wish to remove their name from The State Bar of California Promotional Membership List may do so at any time by logging onto My Law Student Profile, then go to “Change My Law Student Profile Information” [https://lawstudents.calbar.ca.gov/login.aspx].  A law student also may remove his or her name from the State Bar’s law student database by sending a request to feedback@calbar.ca.gov.

A law student’s election to opt-out is effective for a period of at least five years, beginning when the law student’s opt-out election is received and implemented, unless the law student subsequently revokes the opt-out in writing or electronically.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Law students must register with the Committee of Bar Examiners within 90 days of beginning the study of law (Business & Professions Code section 6060(d)). Registration information can be found on the State Bar’s Web site. Creating a My Law Student Profile does not fulfill a law student’s obligation to register with the Committee of Bar Examiners.

Additional Uses of Information Applicable to Members and Law Students

As Required by Law, Good Faith, or Exigent Circumstances
The State Bar reserves the right to access, use, preserve, or disclose personal information as required by law or in the good faith belief that such action is reasonably necessary to:

  1. comply with the law or legal process served on the State Bar or the State Bar Web site;
  2. protect and defend the rights, interests or property of the State Bar, its respective employees, marketing partners, agents or third parties; or
  3. to protect the personal safety of State Bar members or members of the public in general.

Where applicable, the State Bar may also use information obtained on its site for the purpose of investigating and prosecuting attorney ethical violations.

If You Send Us e-mail
If you choose to send us an e-mail that includes personal information, normally we will use the information provided only to respond to your message and for no other purposes. Sometimes we may forward your e-mail to a different agency that may be better able to help you. We do not use the information to create personal profiles, or give it to others for commercial use or other purposes without your consent.

Please note, communications you send to the State Bar are not confidential or protected by any professional privilege or relationship.  And, if you send us a threat or message that describes or promotes unlawful activity, the State Bar reserves the right to share such threat or message with law enforcement authorities.

If you have questions, comments or concerns about this privacy policy, please contact us at feedback@calbar.ca.gov.