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A professional networking group exclusively for ALA Silicon Valley Chapter members through Yahoo Groups.

Email Discussion Group Guidelines

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This discussion group is exclusive to chapter members who have elected to join -- not all chapter members are a part of this group. The discussion group is set-up for the sole purpose of sharing information and can be used to solicit best practices and ask legal management-related questions from your fellow chapter members. Questions related to billing rates, compensation, or other rates are strictly prohibited from discussion according to ALA guidelines to avoid violating antitrust/price-fixing laws. Please review the Antitrust Guide for Members of the Association of Legal Administrators.

RESTRICTED ACCESS: This discussion group was established for the exclusive use of ALA Silicon Valley Chapter members. Members are given access to the discussion group by invitation only after verification of their membership.

DISCUSSION GROUP GUIDELINES: The Chapter wants to protect the rights of all discussion group users, to comply with copyright and other regulations, and to prevent violations of the law. Therefore, by participating in the discussion group you agree to abide by the following guidelines and agree to the disclaimer appearing at the end of this document.

  • Always check the “To” address line before composing a reply to be certain your message will be sent to your intended recipient.
  • To maintain the confidentiality of discussions here, do not forward discussion group messages or threads to others.
  • This is a discussion group where opinions are welcome but challenging or attacking others is not.
  • Do not post commercial messages or defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive or illegal materials.
  • Do not post information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that she/he owns the copyright or has received permission from the copyright owner.
  • Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price-fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct that is intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices; discounts; terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins or cost data; market shares, sales territories or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection or termination of customers or suppliers.

By electing to join the Chapter's email discussion group, you agree to be bound by the foregoing terms regarding etiquette, confidentiality, and other posting issues, as well as the Antitrust Guide for Members of the Association of Legal Administrators.

The Chapter reserves the right to terminate access, without notice, to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: To join the email discussion group, send an e-mail to You will need a Yahoo email account and join the ala-svc group to participate. 

HOW TO SEND MESSAGES: Begin a discussion post by sending an email message to Your message will be distributed to every subscriber to the list. Be sure to provide a meaningful description of your topic in the “subject” line and change the subject line if you switch topics. You may need to adjust your spam filter to accept email from

HOW TO REPLY TO A MESSAGE: To add to the discussion thread so that your reply is distributed to every member of the list, click “reply”. Type your response and then send the message. If you want to reply only to the person who sent the message, click “forward”, enter the sender’s e-mail address in the “To:” field, type your response and then send your message. Please be careful that you do not send side conversations through the discussion group -- if you have unrelated comments or comments directed to one person, please reply to the individual privately using the "forward" option.

HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE: To unsubscribe from the discussion group, send a message to with your request to unsubscribe.

OUT OF THE OFFICE AUTOREPLIES: For members who use their out of office "AutoReply" function of their e-mail (while on vacation or out of the office), please remember to change your message receiving options to “No Mail / Web Only”. Failure to perform this step may cause all of our members to receive an “out of office” reply from you each time a message is posted. Go to: and click on the “Manage My Groups” link and choose “No Mail / Web Only” from the message deliver options.


Individual E-mails - Messages are delivered one at a time to your email inbox. This is the best option if you want to keep up on the latest posts immediately. Email attachments, if included in a message will be sent directly to you.

Daily Digest - Messages are delivered in batches of 25 or daily, whichever comes sooner. This is the best option if you want to receive fewer mail messages and don't need up-to-the minute posts in your inbox. Email attachments are not available in digests.

No Mail / Web Only - This option puts email message delivery on hold, for example, while you are on vacation. This option also permits you to read messages at the Yahoo Groups website if you prefer not to receive any e-mail in your inbox.

To set any of these options, go to Manage My Groups and choose from the drop-down list of message delivery options for your group.

IF YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS CHANGES: If your e-mail address changes in any way, you will no longer receive or be able to post messages in this discussion group without re-subscribing from your new e-mail address. Log into your Yahoo account and add the new email address in the Account Info section, then go to Manage My Groups (in the Groups tab) and toggle the new email ID for the ala-svc group. If you have difficulties or questions about this or related access issues, please contact

WHERE TO REPORT PROBLEMS: Questions or problems of a technical nature should be directed to


DISCLAIMER: This email discussion group is provided as a service of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (the “Chapter”). The Chapter accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted by others in the discussion group. The Chapter disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted, including all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the Chapter 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 the listserv.

The Chapter does not actively monitor this email discussion group for inappropriate postings nor undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that an inappropriate posting is brought to the Chapter's attention, appropriate action will be taken.


See also: Antitrust Guidelines for Members of the Association of Legal Administrators