August 27, 2016
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 website 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”) website, 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 website from which you came to this site.
  • The website 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 website 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 website 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.

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 website 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 website 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.


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 log in to your personal My Law Student Profile, then go to “Change My Law Student Profile Information.”


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 website. 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 website;
  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. 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.