AALS WEBSITE TERMS OF SERVICE
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS Association of American Law Schools (AALS) provides this service, subject to the following Terms of Service (“TOS”), which may be updated by the AALS or its representatives from time to time. The most current version of the TOS can be reviewed at any time through the use of our website (connect.aals.org). The Terms of Service apply to all AALS Member and Fee-Paid schools and to all individuals who access specific areas on this AALS website (referred to hereafter as User).
1.0 VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS SITE
This website is a forum for the exchange of points of view. Opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the Section/Committee and do not necessarily represent the views of the AALS.
2.0 AALS WEBSITE CONTRACTOR
The AALS has contracted with Socious, Inc. (“Socious”) to assist AALS with respect to the AALS website at http://connect.aals.org.
3.0 DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE
The AALS website provides Users access to a collection of resources, including various communications tools, forums, file areas, and personalized content, through its online interface (the “Service”). Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Service shall be subject to the TOS. Each user is responsible for obtain proper access to the Service.
4.0 MEMBER ACCOUNT, PASSWORD AND SECURITY
User will receive a username and password as part of the Service’s registration process. User is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and is fully responsible for all activities that occur under such password or account. User agrees to (a) immediately notify the AALS or its website contractor of any unauthorized use of User’s password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that User exits from its account at the end of each session.
5.0 MEMBER CONDUCT
User understands that all information, data, text, software, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials (“Content”), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated. This means that the User, and not the AALS or its website contractor, is entirely responsible for all Content that it uploads, posts, emails, transmits or otherwise makes available via the Service. The AALS and its representatives do not monitor or control the Content posted via the Service and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content or assume any responsibility for that content.
User agrees to not use the Service to:
** upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially or ethnically objectionable;
** harm minors in any way;
** impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent its affiliation with a person or entity;
** forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service;
** upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that User does not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
** upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights (“Rights”) of any party;
** upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” or “pyramid schemes;”
** upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
** disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to “scroll” faster than other users of the Service are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to engage in real time exchanges;
** interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service;
** intentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, or any regulations having the force of law;
** “stalk” or otherwise harass another; or
** collect or store personal data about other users.
AALS reserves the right to bar participation on the site for violations of this agreement.
The AALS and its website contractor will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from User’s failure to comply with this Section 5.
User understands that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including its Content, may involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.
6.0 EDITORIAL CONSIDERATION
Neither the AALS nor the AALS Section will exercise editorial control over the content of messages. User will be responsible for any liability and costs resulting from any claims that your message violated any laws, including copyright and defamation claims. If the AALS or the AALS Section is held liable or otherwise incurs any costs in defending claims resulting from your message, you would also be responsible for those costs.
User acknowledges that the AALS and its representatives do not pre-screen Content, but that the AALS and its website contractor shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to reclassify within the Service any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, the AALS and its website contractor shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOS.
7.0 SPECIAL ADMONITIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL USE
Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, User agrees to comply with all applicable laws regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Specifically, User agrees to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which User resides.
User agrees to indemnify and hold the AALS and its website contractors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, co-branders or other partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, due to or arising out of any Content that User submits, posts, transmits or makes available through the Service, or any breach of the TOS.
9.0 NO RESALE OF SERVICE
User agrees not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service.
10.0 USE OF LISTSERV
Users should not use the listserv for commercial purposes or solicitations. Advertising is not welcome, with the exception of notices about the availability of law school positions.
The AALS website may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. Because the AALS and its website contractor have no control over such sites and resources, User acknowledges and agrees that the AALS and its website contractors are not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. User further acknowledges and agrees that the AALS and its website contractor shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any third-party sites or resources, or any goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.
12.0 PROPRIETARY RIGHTS
User acknowledges and agrees that the Service and any necessary software used in connection with the Service (“Software”) contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. User further acknowledges and agrees that Content may be presented to User through the Service that is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by the AALS and its website contractor, User agrees not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the Service, any such content, in whole or in part.
The AALS grants User a personal, non-transferable and non-exclusive right and license to use the object code of its Software on their computer; provided that User does not (and does not allow any third party to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, sell, assign, sublicense, grant a security interest in or otherwise transfer any right in the Software. User agrees not to modify the Software in any manner or form, or to use modified versions of the Software, including (without limitation) for the purpose of obtaining unauthorized access to the Service. User agrees not to access the Service by any means other than through the interface that is provided by the AALS and its website contractor for use in accessing the Service.
The contents of a message belong to the author. Please do not repost any messages to another listserv or disseminate them in any other way without the author’s permission. Please do not use the contents of any message in any way without appropriate attribution.
The distribution of another’s work, such as law review articles, newspaper or magazine articles, or letters, may violate copyright laws and is not permitted unless you have the prior written permission of the copyright holder. Please provide readers with a citation instead.
13.0 DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
User EXPRESSLY UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES THAT:
13.1 USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT THE SOLE RISK OF THE USER TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. THE AALS AND ITS WEBSITE CONTRACTOR EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
13.2 THE AALS AND ITS WEBSITE CONTRACTOR MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE SERVICE AND INFORMATION RECEIVED THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET USER’S REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, ERROR-FREE, OR VIRUS-FREE, (iii) ANY INFORMATION THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) ANY ERRORS IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED.
13.3 ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED, VIEWED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DONE AT USER’S OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND USER WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO USER’S COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND NETWORKS, OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD, VIEWING OR USE OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
13.4 USER MAY NEVER RELY ON YOUR MESSAGES BEING CONFIDENTIAL EVEN IF ADDRESSED TO ONLY ONE PERSON. DO NOT SEND ANYTHING VIA INTERNET THAT YOU WOULD NOT WANT GENERALLY KNOWN. ALSO, KEEP IN MIND THAT E-MAIL MESSAGES MAY BE DISCOVERABLE IN LITIGATION.
14.0 SPECIAL ADMONITION FOR SERVICES RELATING TO FINANCIAL MATTERS
If User receives or requests any news, messages, alerts or other information from the Service concerning companies, stock quotes, investments or securities, such information is provided for informational purposes only, and no Content included in the Service is intended for trading or investing purposes. The AALS and its website contractor shall not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, usefulness or availability of any information transmitted or made available via the Service, and shall not be responsible or liable for any trading or investment decisions made based on such information.
Notices to User may be made via either email or regular mail. The Service may also provide notices of changes to the TOS or other matters by displaying notices or links to notices to you generally on the Service. Any Notice that User is required or may desire to give to the AALS and its website contractor under or in conjunction with the TOS shall be made via either email or regular mail, and shall be deemed to have been duly delivered or given on the date that the electronic mail is received by the AALS mail services or the date of delivery if delivered in person or by a nationally recognized overnight courier to the party named below, or on the date indicated on the return receipt if by certified or registered mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested. Notice should be sent to: AALS Website c/o Socious at 2730 S. Val Vista, #129, Gilbert, AZ 85295 or such other address as may be designated by the AALS and its website contractor from time to time, or the date that the electronic mail is received by the AALS mail servers.
16.0 TRADEMARKS AND LOGOS.
All trademarks, service marks, trade names or other words or symbols (“Marks”) identifying the AALS and its website contractor will remain such party’s exclusive property. User agrees to not take any action that jeopardizes such proprietary rights and does not acquire any rights in the Marks. Except as specifically stated otherwise in an addendum or amendment hereto, no license to use any AALS logo, or the logos of its website contractor is granted in this section.
17.0 COPYRIGHTS and COPYRIGHT AGENTS
The AALS and its website contractor respect the intellectual property of others, and requires Users to do the same. If User believes that its work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or its intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide the website contractor (Socious) the following information:
** an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
** a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that User claims has been infringed;
** a description of where the material that User claims is infringing is located on the site;
** User’s address, telephone number, and email address;
** a statement by User that User has a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
** a statement by User, that the above information in User’s notice is accurate and that User is the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.
Upon receipt of such information, the AALS and its website contractor, at their sole discretion, may perform an investigation and may take appropriate action.
18.0 GENERAL INFORMATION
The TOS and any Subscription Agreement between User and the AALS constitute the entire agreement between User and the AALS and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and the AALS. The failure of the AALS or its website contractor to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOS is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOS remain in full force and effect.