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  1. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
  2. Welcome to www.counselsquare.org (the "Site"), a web site provided by The Chicago Bar Association ("CBA") as a public service to Chicago-area lawyers, judges, law-related organizations, and persons interested in the activities of such organizations (collectively, "Users").

    The Terms and Conditions of Use include any posted guidelines or rules applicable to particular Content or Services (as defined below) and, as updated by CBA from time to time, are collectively referred to as the "Terms and Conditions" and govern the use of the Site. You should carefully read the Terms and Conditions before using the Site. You can review the most current version of the Terms and Conditions at any time at www.counselsquare.org/terms.aspx. By using the Site, you: (i) agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions; (ii) represent and warrant that you are at least eighteen (18) years old; and, (iii) represent and warrant that you have the legal authority to accept the Terms and Conditions. This is a legally binding agreement. If you do not agree to the Terms and Conditions, you are not authorized to use the Site. In the event of a conflict between these Terms and Conditions and any posted guidelines or rules applicable to particular Content or Services, the posted guidelines or rules shall govern to the extent of such conflict.

  3. ACCESS TO THE SITE
  4. Access to certain portions of this Site requires login and password information provided by the CBA to persons eligible to provide event-related information on the Site (the “Organizations”). The login and password are provided for the use of the individual Organizations only and are not transferable. If you have obtained a login and password that belong to another Organization, you are not authorized to use that login account and we request that you notify CBA of the improperly disclosed login account information. Misuse of a login account, including, without limitation, unauthorized sharing of the login and password, may result, at CBA’s sole discretion, in cancellation of the Organization’s account and other remedies, and CBA shall have no liability to the Organization.

  5. CONTENT AND SERVICES
  6. The Site may provide certain content (including, without limitation, documents, photographs, advertisements, marketing materials, text, graphics, and images) and services that CBA and the Organizations may change or update from time to time (the “Content” and “Services”). The Content and Services offered on the Site are provided solely to enable (a) CBA and the Organizations to inform Users of upcoming events, and (b) Users to obtain information about events of interest to them. Events listed on the Site must be open to the public; such events may not be limited to members of the Organization presenting the event.

    The ability to transmit Content through the Site is provided to allow Users and Organizations to use features of the Site for the features’ intended purposes. The ability to post Content is provided to allow Organizations to share ideas and information of interest. CBA cannot and does not monitor all of the Content posted or transmitted by Organizations and Users. You are advised to use your best judgment when choosing to participate in any information-sharing activity. Any disclosures made through the Site should only be made after reviewing the Privacy Policy found at www.counselsquare.org/privacy.aspx. By using the Site, you agree to be bound by the Privacy Policy. In the event that any posted Content appears to be inappropriate for display on this Site for any reason, Users and Organizations are encouraged to contact CBA in accordance with Section 5 to request removal of such Content.

  7. USE OF THE SITE AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
  8. Use of the Site is voluntary. You may choose not to use the Site and you may choose not to log on as an Organization. The information obtained from Users and Organizations will be used only in accordance with the foregoing Privacy Policy. Organizations may cancel their login accounts at any time by contacting CBA by one of the methods in Section 5.

    If you choose to have an Organization login account, you agree that you will be responsible for maintaining your password as confidential and for any activity that occurs as a result of your enabling or permitting another person or entity to use your password. You agree to immediately notify CBA by one of the methods in Section 5 in the event that (i) your password is lost or stolen, or (ii) you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password or of any other breach of security related to the Site. CBA is not responsible for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with the provisions of this section.

  9. CONTACT INFORMATION
  10. You may contact CBA as follows:

    E-mail: webmaster@chicagobar.org
    Telephone: 312-554-2142
    Mail: Bradley Comer, Systems Administrator, The Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604

  11. PROHIBITED BEHAVIOR
  12. You are responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit using the Site. Likewise, you are responsible for respecting the rights of CBA, Organizations, and third parties with respect to Content that appears on the Site and not to download, email, or otherwise transmit such Content in violation of the rights of CBA, Organizations, or third parties. You agree to use the Site solely to accommodate your own personal needs. With the sole exception of the promotion of events by the CBA or Organizations mentioned on the Site, you may not use or exploit any portion of the Site to provide any commercial services to third parties. You shall not use the Site or Services to:

    • Upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual property right, privacy right, or publicity right of any person or entity. By uploading, posting, emailing, or otherwise transmitting any Content, you represent and warrant that you have all rights to take such action with respect to the Content;
    • Upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any Content that is illegal, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, pornographic, sexually explicit, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise offensive;
    • Misrepresent your identity or impersonate another person or entity, including without limitation, a representative of CBA, any Organization, or any of their officers, directors, employees, or agents, falsely represent or misrepresent your affiliation with another person or entity, or forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers that would disguise the origin of any Content transmitted to or through the Site;
    • Upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, including without limitation, initiation or perpetuation of any “Spam”, “Junk Mail”, chain letters, or any other potentially objectionable form of unsolicited communication;
    • Collect or store personal data with respect to third parties except as contemplated by the Terms and Conditions and then only for the express purpose of providing lawful communication that may reasonably be anticipated by such third parties;
    • Directly or indirectly, intentionally disrupt or interfere with the Site in any manner that may materially adversely affect CBA, any Organization, or any third party;
    • Upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other code, files, or programs designed or known to disable, interrupt, or limit the functionality of any computer hardware, computer software, or telecommunications equipment or facilities; or,
    • Upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit without authorization any material that contains personal or private information concerning any third party person or entity, including without limitation, any phone numbers or addresses, credit/debit cards, calling cards, account numbers, social security numbers, passwords, or other similar information; or,
    • Offer any portion of the Site to any third party.

  13. COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS
  14. You may not use the Site for any purpose or in any manner that violates any local, state, or federal law or regulation or the law or regulation of any foreign government. You may not post any information which would violate any copyright or other law, contractual or other rights, or the confidentiality of any attorney-client relationship.

  15. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
  16. THE USE OF THE SITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. CBA AND THE ORGANIZATIONS EACH EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE CONTENT AND/OR SERVICES OFFERED ON THE SITE) WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. CBA AND THE ORGANIZATIONS EACH EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACTIONS OF ANY ORGANIZATION OR OTHER USER WHO USES THE SITE. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CBA AND THE ORGANIZATIONS MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, CURRENT, ACCURATE, COMPLETE, OR ERROR-FREE OR THAT THE INFORMATION THAT MAY BE OBTAINED BY USE OF THE SITE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE. YOU UNDERSTAND AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY WITH RESPECT TO ANY DEFECT IN OR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE SITE IS TO CEASE TO USE THE SITE. YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH MAY VARY FROM STATE-TO-STATE OR WITHIN NATIONAL JURISDICTIONS.

  17. EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
  18. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT CBA AND THE ORGANIZATIONS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA LOSS, OR OTHER LOSSES (EVEN IF CBA OR ANY ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES) RESULTING FROM ANY MATTER RELATED TO YOUR USE OF THE SITE.

  19. PHOTOGRAPHS AND IMAGES
  20. You understand that the Site may provide the capability to upload, post, or transmit images (such as your photograph or other graphics) to third party users through the Site (collectively, “Images”). You authorize CBA and the Organizations to copyright, license, publish, broadcast, display, reproduce, and distribute in any manner the Images. You understand that the Images may be altered, adapted, or modified in connection with such use, and that your Images may be used alone or in combination with a fictitious name. You understand that you will not receive any royalties or other reimbursement for permitting CBA and the Organizations to use the Images. You grant CBA and the Organizations the absolute right and permission to use, re-use, publish, and re-publish Images, with or without your name, or reproductions thereof or excerpts therefrom, made through any medium, and in any and all media now or hereafter known for any purpose whatsoever. You also consent to the use of any printed matter or other photograph or artwork of any kind without any restriction or limitation thereon, in conjunction therewith. You also understand that you will have no copyright or other rights with respect to the Images as they are used by CBA or the Organizations. You hereby release, discharge, and agree to hold harmless CBA and the Organizations, and each of them and their agents, employees, subsidiaries, parents, affiliated entities, officers, Board members, and attorneys, from and against any and all claims and demands, including but not limited to, any claims for copyright infringement, defamation, invasion of privacy, or right of publicity, arising out of or in connection with any use of the Images.

  21. DISCLAIMER OF CONTENT
  22. You agree that all Content provided by Organizations or Users in connection with this Site is the responsibility of the person or entity providing such Content. You understand and acknowledge that CBA assumes no responsibility to screen or review Content provided as part of the Site. CBA shall have the right, but not the obligation, in its sole discretion to refuse, monitor, or remove any Content that is available on the Site. CBA expressly disclaims all responsibility or liability to users and any other person or entity for the performance or nonperformance of the Content review. THE CONTENT FOUND ON THE SITE MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE OR SATISFACTORY FOR YOUR USE, AND YOU SHOULD VERIFY ALL CONTENT BEFORE RELYING ON IT. NEITHER ACCESS TO THIS WEB SITE NOR COMMUNICATION VIA THIS WEB SITE CREATES AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP WITH CBA OR ANY ORGANIZATIONS.

  23. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
    • Copyright
    • The Content on the Site is owned by CBA and third parties and is protected by the United States Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, and the copyright laws of other countries. Certain materials are used by permission of their respective owners. The Content of the Site may not be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way without the prior written permission of CBA, except that, subject to your compliance with the Terms and Conditions, CBA authorizes you to view or download a single copy of the Content, provided that you keep intact all copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices. Modification or use of Content for any other purpose is a violation of the rights of CBA or third parties.

    • Trademarks and Service Marks
    • "CBA" and "Chicago Bar Association" are trademarks and service marks (collectively, "Marks") owned by CBA. Other Marks are used with the permission of their respective owners. You agree not to use or display any Marks without the prior written consent of CBA or the owner of such Marks.

    • Reporting Violations
    • Pursuant to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998, 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(2), CBA’s designated agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement in connection with the Site is:

      Terrence M. Murphy
      Executive Director
      The Chicago Bar Association
      321 South Plymouth Court
      Chicago, IL 60604

      Telephone: 312.554.2000
      Facsimile: 312.554.2054
      Email: tmurphy@chicagobar.org

      To file a notice of infringement with CBA, the requirements specified in Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 must be fulfilled. The text of this statute can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office web site, located at www.copyright.gov.

  24. LINKS
  25. The Site may include links to other World Wide Web sites. You acknowledge and agree that such links are provided for your convenience and do not reflect any endorsement by CBA or the Organizations with respect to the provider of such linked site or the linked site. CBA AND THE ORGANIZATIONS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO ANY LINKED SITE. YOUR USE OF ANY LINKED SITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

  26. INDEMNITY
  27. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold CBA, the Organizations, and each of their officers, directors, parents, subsidiaries, affiliated entities, employees, agents, attorneys, licensors, and suppliers, harmless from and against any claims, actions, demands, liabilities, and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of these Terms and Conditions.

  28. JURISDICTION AND VENUE
  29. Users, Organizations, and CBA agree that this Agreement and the relationship between them will be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, without respect to its conflict of laws provisions, and that venue with respect to any dispute between or among the Users, Organizations, and CBA relating to this Site will rest exclusively in the state or federal courts located in Chicago, Illinois.

  30. CHANGES
  31. CBA may change the Terms and Conditions from time-to-time. If such a change is made, CBA will post the revised Terms and Conditions on the Site. CBA reserves the right to add to or change the Site or cease offering the Site (or any Content or Services on the Site) at any time and without liability. CBA reserves the right to refuse to offer access to the Site to anyone at anytime without notice.

  32. MISCELLANEOUS
  33. The Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between and among Users, Organizations, and CBA relating to the Site. There is no agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer, or attorney-client relationship between any User, on the one hand, and CBA or any Organizations, on the other hand, or between CBA and any Organizations, arising through or in connection with the use of the Site. The Terms and Conditions are binding upon your successors, assigns, heirs, and executors. If any provision of the Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of the Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect. The failure of CBA or any Organizations to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or condition. Any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to the Site or the Terms and Conditions must be filed within one year after such claim or cause of action arose. The section titles of the Terms and Conditions are merely for convenience and will not have any effect on the substantive meaning of this Agreement.

    YOUR USE OF THE SITE INDICATES THAT YOU AGREE TO THE FOREGOING TERMS AND CONDITIONS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, DO NOT USE THE SITE.




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