Welcome to LSATalk, an exclusive email list for Law and Society Association members. As part of your membership, you can send emails to the list and gain access to job postings, grant opportunities, and discussions on sociolegal issues. We do not sell access to this list or any personal information to solicitors or other organizations. Members are automatically added to the listserv within a week of joining, and will be removed at the end of the calendar year unless membership is renewed. Opting out of the public membership directory when joining LSA does not automatically opt you out of this list. To opt out of this members-only list, click "unsubscribe" at the bottom of your welcome email. Please note that if you post a message, your name and email will be displayed. If you would like to message the group but do not want your email displayed, send your message to lsa@lawandsociety.org and we can post it for you.

LSATalk rules:

The following suggested guidelines are intended to make the LSATalk electronic mailing list valuable and productive for all subscribers. LSA ensures that only current members are subscribed to the list. LSA expects and believes its members will adhere to basic confidentiality requests; however, members who post items to this forum do so at their own risk. No one should feel that there is an absolute guarantee that any messages they post will not be forwarded to third parties.

Stay on point. This listserve is a tool for scholars and professionals to exchange best practices and ideas, distribute relevant job and funding opportunities, and discuss other activities and topics pertaining to the sociolegal field. Please limit the content of the messages to appropriate themes.
Identify yourself. Please sign your message with your full name and organizational affiliation. Among other things, this gives your colleagues the opportunity to consult directly with you on questions or issues that may have come up in the discussion.
Provide a subject line. Posting a subject line that reflects your message's contents enables your colleagues to prioritize their reading.
If possible avoid attachments and images. Attachments can be very useful, but can also be incompatible with your audience's software, interfere with email security, or come up against storage limits.
Be careful with replies. It is important to remember that all messages and replies posted to the list are sent to the entire list. If you intend to reply to only one person, please e-mail that person directly, not via LSATalk. When possible, avoid replies that include prior correspondence since long messages tend to slow the process. Do not use auto-replies or send "me too" messages.
Misuse. Postings to the list should never make disparaging remarks about any individuals or organizations, use vulgar or offensive language, espouse extreme political views, or solicit for political candidates or products and services for purchase. The Law and Society Association in its sole discretion may, at any time and from time to time and without notice, remove postings that are deemed objectionable and ban subscribers who have violated these guidelines.

Helpful tips:
• To opt-out of the LSATalk listserve, send an email to lsatalk+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com .
• Creating email rules: To have all emails from LSATalk sent to a reserved folder in your email account (rather than the general inbox), first create a separate folder (i.e. LSATalk Emails). Next you can go to your email account settings, select “create a new rule,” then “move messages sent to a public group to a folder.” Then you can apply the rule to messages sent from the LSATalk email address and review incoming messages at your convenience.


Message from our LSA President, Kim Scheppele

Dear LSA Colleagues -

LSAtalk is a new listserv that will allow LSA members to stay in touch between meetings. It will also serve as a public square for LSA-related matters. The list will provide a venue for LSA officers, trustees, committee chairs, editors and other active participants in the ongoing work of LSA to interact with members to let everyone know what the Association and its various committees are doing. But anyone who is on the list may post to it – so it isn’t for the LSA leadership alone. We urge you all to use the list to alert other LSA members to opportunities and information that our community would appreciate knowing.

Please send messages to this list to reach your LSA colleagues when you have announcements to make -- posting a job, seeking a job, announcing a conference or call for papers, unveiling new CRNs, publicizing CRN activity, reporting new initiatives, publicizing grant opportunities, announcing new publications, and otherwise letting your colleagues know about what is happening in our field. The list will be lightly moderated, which means that all can post, but if postings stray from some connection to LSA or occupy too much bandwidth in our members’ lives, then we will intervene to keep the list on point.

LSA has received many requests from concerned members to take action on a variety of topics. It is hard for LSA to take a position on everything, especially if the matters raised do not affect the Association directly. As a professional association with tax-exempt status and a cherished diversity of views among our members, we cannot always act when our members urge us to. We have an Association policy about the topics on which we can adopt resolutions and otherwise take action and it is narrowly tailored to represent the interests of the Association and our discipline as such: http://www.lawandsociety.org/docs/Amicus-Advocacy-Policy.pdf

The LSAtalk listserv will provide a forum for those of you who want to generate support for an issue of concern so that you can alert your colleagues and urge action by those who are similarly engaged in a particular area of interest. Please use your judgment to limit such appeals that are relevant to LSA members in their professional capacity and please honor the fact that our members may not all agree. Also, please keep in mind that our members come from all over the world, and not all will want to (or be able to) get involved in activity that involves particular national issues.

To post to the list, send an email to lsatalk@googlegroups.com. When you “reply” to a message on the list, it goes by default only to the person who sent the message. If you “reply to all,” then the message will also go to the list. Please be thoughtful about how many emails you send to everyone.
A few ground rules about the list:
• Members are automatically added to the listserv within a week of joining LSA, and will be removed at the end of the calendar year unless their membership is renewed. In fact, if you are removed from the LSAtalk list, it will be a clear sign that you need to renew your membership! Those who have already joined or renewed for 2018 are already on the list, so your LSAtalk membership will carry on into the new year!
• We do not sell access to this list or any personal information to solicitors or other organizations.
• Opting out of the public membership directory when joining LSA does not automatically opt you out of LSAtalk. Even if you opted out of the membership directory, you are still on the LSAtalk list.
• Please note that if you post a message, your name and email will be displayed. If you would like to message the group but do not want your personal information to be displayed, send your message to lsa@lawandsociety.org and we can post the message for you.
• To opt out of the LSAtalk list, click "unsubscribe" at the bottom of your welcome email from googlegroups.
• Opting out of LSAtalk will not affect the communications you have always received as a member. LSAtalk supplements but does not replace the list through which the officers and executive office officially communicate about the Association’s activities – like information on the annual meeting, membership renewals and so on.

The LSAtalk list is meant to provide a way for members to communicate with other members and to allow the LSA leadership to keep members informed on a more regular basis about Association work. Plus, it is a way to share information about things that we care about as members of a scholarly community.

We hope that LSAtalk will contribute to building a community among us even though we only meet in person all together at the annual meeting. With electronic communications in-between meetings, I also hope we get to know each other better.

Best wishes,
Kim
Kim Lane Scheppele
President, Law and Society Association, 2017-2019