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rights of free speech and expression.
But, as is sometimes the case, things
can get out of hand.
CROSSING THE LINE
The incumbent board member in my
example crossed the line, not with
respect to the First Amendment, as
she certainly had a right to express an
opinion about her opponent, but when
the information she shared with the
public was derived from her tenure and
work on the board, that's a no-no. Specifically, in my opinion, should a member come across damaging information
about another unit owner - say from
a covenant enforcement hearing or a
lawsuit where privileged documents
were exchanged - then this information is off-limits to the board member's
re-election campaign, period. When
she used that information, she arguably breached her duty of ordinary and

reasonable care to avoid exposing the
association to lawsuits for defamation.
Moreover, not only is it a breach of
her duty of care to the association,
board, and unit owners in general, but
I submit there exists a duty of loyalty
and good faith which may have been
violated as well. That means that the
member must be loyal to the board,
association, and unit owners and may
not act in their own best interest or
engage in self-dealing while making
decisions or taking actions that could
hurt the board or expose it to defamation claims by a unit owner.
A CODE OF ETHICS
Typically, when drafting condominium
declarations, bylaws, and rules, I try to
include CAI's Model Code of Ethics. In
the case at hand, the incumbent board
member has violated an association tenet, namely, to " not reveal to any owner,

resident, or other third party the
discussions, decisions, and comments
made at any meeting of the board
properly closed or held in executive
session, unless otherwise authorized
by a majority vote of the association. "
So, yes, we live in a society where it
is mostly about me, me, and me first,
which can and does often lead to divisive presidential and even executive
board campaigns. We need to hold
onto the certain vestiges of the " we "
generation, which valued loyalty to
the group over self, and remember
that this is especially important in
a community association where the
" me " must be trumped by the " we. "
Q FRANK A. LOMBARDI,
ESQ., CCAL IS A PARTNER
IN LOMBARDI LAW GROUP.

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