Listserv Rules

Listserv Purpose 
  • The listserv is a collegial and supportive forum for the professional development of our membership through the exchange of information, opinion, ideas, strategies and evolving trends. We hope that it can offer resources to small firms, mentor new lawyers to the field, and foster networking.
  • The principal purpose of this listserv is to communicate regarding issues that are related to the rights of employees and the practice of plaintiff's-side employment law. Please mark postings that don’t fit this description as “OT” or Off Topic.
  • The listserv may be used only by NELA/NY members. Sharing listserv emails with non- NELA/NY members is prohibited unless you first get the permission of the person who made the post. 
Listserv Rules
In posting on the listserv, members are to treat each other with respect, free from insult. As there are several hundred members who look to the listserv as a valuable practice tool for business purposes, please observe the following parameters:
  1. Consider whether your post may offend or dissuade members from participating because your post ridicules, invites ridicule or is condescending in tone. Trust that members post questions because they genuinely do not know the answer to a question and/or need help in finding or learning how to find the answers.
  2. Please use caution when posting satire and jokes, as the humor often does not translate in this medium.
  3. Refer to issues. Do not disparage people, their firms, or who a member of their firm represents.
  4.  Disagree professionally and courteously by taking issue with the statement. Avoid insult, name-calling, or ad hominem criticism of others. 
  5. Do not make negative statements about judges, arbitrators, mediators, counsel, clients or former clients on the listserv. 
  6. Do not refer to people by their sexual orientation, religion, race, national origin, disability, sex, age or membership in any other protected class, except as necessary to frame legal issues. 
  7. Do not use any slurs on the listserv. While slurs are a part of our practice as employment law attorneys, reading and hearing them still offends and upsets people. Case discussions, including excerpts from decisions, which require inclusion of the use of a slur should substitute the actual slur with the word “[insert protected class] discriminatory slur.” If you still feel it is essential to obtaining feedback on your post, please move that aspect of your conversation offline.
  8.  Do not post messages that you do not want defense counsel to see. Some NELA/NY members also represent defendants, and leaks have been known to occur.
  9.  Postings concerning representation of employers or on behalf of individuals aligned with employers are prohibited.
  10. Student members are reminded that they may not use the listserv or maintain their NELA/NY membership in the event they begin working or interning for a law firm which has an employment practice that is more than 50 percent employer-side.
  11.  Messages sent to the listserv cannot contain any picture image (including jpeg and gif files) and cannot exceed 1 megabyte in size. Members can get around this problem by posting messages directly at Follow instructions to post a message. Call 800- 443-1757 for assistance.

Violation of Listserv Rules
The use of the NELA/NY listserv is a privilege. NELA/NY's Board of Directors reserves the right to suspend or revoke a member's privilege for a violation of these rules, or to take any other action it deems necessary to enforce these rules.
  • Report violations of listserv rules to a Board member. Do not call out the violation on the listserv because criticizing a post which you believe violates a rule often inflames discussions. The goal of the Board is to shut such threads down, not prolong them. Contact information for Board members is listed on the NELA/NY website.
  • When a Board member posts on a listserv thread stating “I am a board member, I am terminating this thread due to a possible violation of listserv rules,” no more posts may be made to that thread. Anyone who posts thereafter may be subject to discipline. Where discipline is imposed, the Board will promptly review the matter to make a final determination on the subject. Board members will obtain the agreement of another Board member before shutting down a thread, if at all practicable.
  •  Separately, if the Board finds a post to be in violation of listserv Rules, they will try to resolve the conflict informally by facilitating dialogue between interested parties. At the same time, members are on notice that violations are subject remedial action that may range anywhere from a warning to a revocation of privileges. 
Disclaimer: This is not a moderated listserv. The statements and/or views expressed by listserv participants do not necessarily reflect the views of NELA/NY. If you would like to participate in our listserv, please contact the Executive Director, Roseni Plaza, at