OSBA Website Linking Policy

Linking criteria
All internal links to departments and affiliates of the OSBA are acceptable.

No entity shall have the right for an external link on the OSBA website. All requests for external links are subject to the approval of the Director of Publications, whose approval shall be discretionary and subject to the policies of the OSBA in effect at the time, and shall further qualify under one of the following categories:

a.  Links to websites of federal, state, or local political subdivisions, agencies, offices, departments, or commissions of the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of government;

b.  Links to websites of international, national, state, local, and practice-specific bar associations;

c.  Links to websites of law schools, law libraries, and law student organizations;

d.  Links to websites of law journals, legal magazines, and other legal publications;

e.  Links to websites containing information, materials, and free resources used for legal research;

f.  Links to websites of publishers of legal information, including books, audio tapes, video tapes, and electronic media;

g.  Links to websites characterized as an Internet search engine or an Internet directory;

h.  Links to vendor websites who are either approved or endorsed by the OSBA or who are sponsoring an event or program of the OSBA;

i.  Links to other websites that contain information that further the goals of the OSBA and/or improving the quality of legal services; and,

j. Links to other websites that are consistent with the goals of the OSBA.

Information about requesting a link
• Links may be placed within the OSBA website upon approval by the Director of Publications.
• The appearance of links, including but not limited to graphic elements, text and sound, are subject to the approval of the OSBA.
• The OSBA is not responsible and shall be held harmless for the contents of any links from its website.
• The OSBA does not monitor any website or page where a link may occur.

The OSBA reserves the right to exclude links from the OSBA site for any reason. Possible reasons for exclusion include, but are not limited to:

• Links to websites with a purpose of promoting political candidates or political, social or religious issues.
• Incongruity or lack of continuity with the goals of the OSBA Web site.  

Policy for linking to OSBA website
Other websites may link to the OSBA website subject to the express approval of the Director of Publications. This policy shall be published on the OSBA website. The Director of Publications is authorized to deny linking authority to any website or entity that shall be deemed adverse to the best interests of the OSBA.

Use of OSBA registered marks
Permission for use of the registered marks of the Ohio State Bar Association on any website, other than the mark for certified specialists on websites of specialists certified by the OSBA, will not be granted.

Approved by the OSBA Board of Governors January 2006.

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