Terms and Conditions

The Legal Writing Institute operates this website for the education and personal enjoyment of our visitors.  Use of this website is conditioned on the User’s acceptance of the Legal Writing Institute’s Terms and Conditions, including the Privacy Policy and disclaimers set forth below.  If you do not agree with or accept the Legal Writing Institute’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, please exit this website.

Copyright and Trademark Information

All materials on this website are protected by copyrights, trademarks, and/or other intellectual property rights.  These materials are owned by the Legal Writing Institute or its affiliates, or are used with permission of their owners or as otherwise authorized by law.  Such materials include, but are not limited to, the photographs, images, illustrations, text, video clips, audio clips, designs, logos, trademarks, trade dress, and other materials contained in this website.  All rights are reserved, worldwide.

Users may print or reproduce discrete portions of the Legal Writing Institute’s materials published on this site, for purposes of commentary or the user’s personal non-commercial use and enjoyment, or education use, so long as proper credit is given to the Legal Writing Institute.  If more than two sentences from a Legal Writing Institute article are reproduced, the credit line should include a copyright notice in the name of the Legal Writing Institute.  No user is authorized to change the material or the meaning of the Legal Writing Institute’s material.  If these conditions are observed, Legal Writing Institute will consider the reproduction to be “fair use.”  

Use or review of this website does not give any User a license or right under any patent, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property or personal right of the Legal Writing Institute or any third party.  No Legal Writing Institute trademark may be used in advertising or other commercial materials without the prior express permission of the Legal Writing Institute. You also agree to observe the privacy of all other Users and not to use the personal information of any other User for any commercial, promotional, or other purpose.

The Legal Writing Institute does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or reliability of the material or data on this website or any other site available through links from this site.  The Legal Writing Institute may provide links to third-party websites.  Links to other websites are provided as a convenience only.  Legal Writing Institute does not endorse, is not responsible for, and does not control these third-party sites, their services, or their software.

Postings or Comments

The Legal Writing Institute is pleased to receive postings or comments from Users.  User or third party submissions or postings are the views of the author or poster.  They do not reflect the views of the Legal Writing Institute.  The Legal Writing Institute reserves the right to monitor and edit any postings or material submitted to it, for any reason.  The Legal Writing Institute also reserves the right to remove or permanently delete any posting without User’s consent if the posting violates any law, advocates illegal or violent acts, is obscene or explicit, or if the posting degrades others on the basis of age, race, gender, class ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual preference, or disability.  The Legal Writing Institute has the sole discretion to publish, edit, or delete any material submitted to the Legal Writing Institute.  By submitting any postings, comments, or other messages to the Legal Writing Institute website, the commenter gives the Legal Writing Institute an irrevocable and perpetual license to the material and authorizes the Legal Writing Institute to publish the material in any media now known or hereafter developed, and to use, adapt, recast, distribute, display, perform, or transmit it in any way, as the Legal Writing Institute may determine in its sole discretion.  By submitting your name, address, photo, or other identifying data with a posting or other submission, you give the Legal Writing Institute the right to publish that data, and to use that data for promotional or any other purpose.  Please do not submit any confidential, proprietary, or copyrighted material without authorization of the owner.  Submission of any material that is obscene, defamatory, or that infringes any trademark, copyright, privacy right, or other legal right is prohibited.

The Legal Writing Institute does not represent, warrant, guarantee, or endorse the accuracy or reliability for messages submitted to the Comments section or other forums.  The Legal Writing Institute does not undertake to review those messages and has no responsibility for their content. The Legal Writing Institute reserves the right to review or edit such messages, and to restrict or deny access to the Comments section or other part of the website.  The Legal Writing Institute does not collect or seek any data or submissions from people under the age of 13.

Disclaimers and Limitations of Liability

The material on this website is provided “as is” and without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.  The Legal Writing Institute shall not be liable for any special, incidental, or consequential damages, including, without limitation, lost revenues, lost profits, or loss of prospective economic advantage resulting from the use or misuse of this website, or the information, documents, or software contained in it, even if the Legal Writing Institute has been advised of the possibility of such damages, or for any claim by another party.  The Legal Writing Institute does not warrant that this website will be uninterrupted or free or inaccuracies or errors, nor does the Legal Writing Institute warrant that the site is free of viruses or other harmful elements.

Use of this website, and any reliance on any material published or transmitted by this website, is at the User’s own risk.  You agree that you release the Legal Writing Institute and its affiliates, advertisers, supporters, and authors from any and all liability or obligations arising from the access or use of this website, or any public forum or other area of this website.  A User’s sole remedy for any problem or concern is to exit this website.  You agree that you will indemnify and hold the Legal Writing Institute harmless for any loss, damages, or liability suffered by the Legal Writing Institute as a result of your use of this website, or your submission of any material to the Legal Writing Institute or to this website.  The Legal Writing Institute reserves the right to restrict or limit access to this website.

Copyright Violations: If you believe that any material on this website infringes your copyright, please notify us as follows, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  To notify us, the DMCA requires that you:

  1. Send an email notice to the Legal Writing Institute’s website coordinators: connect@lwionline.org and support@lwionline.org.
  2. Include the following information in your email:
    1. Identify the copyrighted work(s) you claim is infringed;
    2. Identify the material you claim is infringing the copyright(s), and give enough information for the Legal Writing Institute to locate that material;
    3. Include a physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or a person authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf (the Claimant);
    4. Include the Claimant’s name, address, and telephone number(s);
    5. Include a statement that the Claimant has a good faith belief that use of the disputed material is not authorized by the copyright owner or his agent; and
    6. Include a statement, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification of copyright infringement is accurate and that the Claimant is the copyright owner or is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.


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