PACDL Listserv FAQs
PACDL is integrating new listserv technology to improve the service to its members. This enhancement will complete the Association’s major technology upgrades set forth in its three-year strategic plan. Those upgrades included: 1) instituting file sharing and regular data back-ups to the cloud, 2) installing a secured internet service and a firewall, 3) hardwiring of the office computers, 4) sourcing an association management software system to allow the members to self-manage their membership information and directory data, 5) relaunching the PACDL website, and 6) adding SSL security to PACDL’s entire website to allow online member application and renewals and CLE registrations.
The transfer to the new listserv will happen in the first and second weeks of June. We will keep you advised as we transition and if we anticipate that the listserv will go dark for any time. Of course, our preference is to minimize any interruption to this member service, but we would hope that there may be a very short time when the listserv is “down.” Please plan accordingly.
Mail-List was selected as the vendor after comparing several providers. Our selection process included software testing by a group of PACDL members who were then surveyed regarding their opinions of the available features. Additionally, current Listserv subscribers’ opinions were solicited using a short 9 question electronic survey. This survey asked about their views on the value or importance of certain proposed features including a vacation mode function, a daily email message option, reply preferences, survey functionality, archiving and categorizing of email messages, validating messages identified as spam, and reducing of trivial messages by intercepting and asking for approval prior to posting.
PACDL offers other community engagments. Most recently, as part of PACDL’s website relaunch, PACDL instituted web-based forums for those individuals that prefer a web-based communication channel. Members who prefer to use the forums must log in as a member on PACDL’s website to participate in a forum. Staff automatically adds all new members to the general forum. We have chosen to offer both communication options and recognize that PACDL’s listserv will likely dominate and continue to prove its overall member value. PACDL also uses social media such as Facebook to link with its criminal defense lawyer community.
In 2017, the Board of Directors adopted a social media policy and listserv guidelines. It can be found on our website here. Please be sure to review the policy and its prohibitions against posting inquiries for nonmembers, advertising other provider CLEs, making off-topic requests, and sharing information posted on the listserv.
If you are a PACDL member and want to subscribe to the listserv, please go to the Resources Tab on the navigational menu to self-subscribe.