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A.L. Brown High School, Valedictorian
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986
 B.A. Highest Honors - US History (North Carolina History)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989
 Juris Doctor.
Order of the Barristers Legal Honor Society
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Eta Sigma
Harry S. Truman Scholar
Intern, U.S. House of Representatives, 1982, 1983
British History and Parliament Program, 1985 (London, England)

Born July 29, 1964 in Concord, NC; raised in Kannapolis, NC
Eagle Scout with three palms
Married to Tamara Vincent Slaughter; 3 sons

President & Partner - Black, Slaughter & Black, PA, Attorneys
Certified Court Mediator & Arbitrator
Listed in Marquis Who’s Who In America
Listed in Marquis Who’s Who In American Law
Board of Governors, College of Community Association Lawyers
Admitted to the N.C. State Bar; Western & Middle Federal District Courts;
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Federal Circuits;
and the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Parliamentary Credentials:
Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher
 (American Institute of Parliamentarians)
Professional Registered Parliamentarian
 (National Association of Parliamentarians)
President, American College of Parliamentary Lawyers, 2007-2009
Ethics Chairman, National Association of Parliamentarians – 2005-2009
Ethics Chairman, American Institute of Parliamentarians – 2005-2012
Author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track (2012)
Lead Author, Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fourth Edition (2012)
Technical Editor & Foreword, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Robert’s Rules (2004)
Technical Editor, The Guerrilla Guide to Robert’s Rules (2006)
AIP Accrediting Committee – 1994-2004
NAP Ethics Committee – 1999-2012
NAP Parliamentary Research Editor - 2003-2005
AIP Ethics Committee – 2001-2012
NAP Bylaws Revision Committee – 2000-2001
Winner, First Annual North Carolina Parliamentary Procedure Contest (Toastmasters, International), 1992

Parliamentary Faculty:
Faculty, 26th Annual Community Association Law Seminar, 2005
Faculty, 25th Annual Community Association Law Seminar, 2004
Faculty, American Institute of Parliamentarians’ Legal Workshop,
 Washington, D.C., 2010
Faculty, “Parliamentary Law and Procedure for Attorneys” CLE,  Washington, D.C., 2001
Faculty, Floyd M. Riddick (Williamsburg) Practicum of the
American Institute of Parliamentarians, 1994-1999; 2003
Faculty, Lester Dahms Parliamentary (Minnesota) Workshop, 1999
Faculty, Plaisted Memorial (California) Practicum of the
American Institute of Parliamentarians, 1998
Faculty, Puerto Rico Practicum of the American Institute of
Parliamentarians, 1995

Parliamentary Lecturing:
bullet Speaker, 33rd Annual Community Association Law Seminar, 2012  (“Meetings Without Mayhem: Everything Attorneys Need to Know About Meeting Procedure in 90 Minutes”)
bullet Speaker, Lester Dahms Parliamentary (Iowa) Workshop, 2011 (“Legal Parameters of the Parliamentary Profession”)
 (“Ethical Parameters of the Parliamentary Profession”)
bullet Speaker, NAP 2011 Biennial Convention, 2011
 (“Top 7 Mistakes Parliamentarians Make with Homeowner and Condominium Associations (and How to Avoid Them)”)
bullet Speaker, NC Community Associations Institute Law Day (CAI), 2011  (“Transparency in Meetings”)
bullet Speaker, NC Community Associations Institute Law Day (CAI), 2010  (“Running Legal Meetings”)
bullet Speaker, National Training Conference (NAP), 2010
 (“Legal Landmines for the Professional Parliamentarian”)
 (“Homeowner Associations, Condos & the Parliamentarian”)
bullet Speaker, Community Associations Institute National Conference, 2009  (“Parliamentary Procedure: Survival Skills for Community Association Leaders”)
bullet Webinar, Community Associations Institute, 2009
 (“Quick & Easy Guide to Parliamentary Procedure”)
bullet Microsoft Corporation Standards Summit, 2008
 (“Parliamentary Procedure in Standards Setting Organizations”)
 (“How to Use Parliamentary Procedure to Your Advantage”)
bullet Speaker, 26th Annual Community Association Law Seminar, 2005 ("Voting Nightmares")
bullet Speaker, 25th Annual Community Association Law Seminar, 2004 ("Effective Meetings Through Parliamentary Procedure")
bullet Trainer, Labor Leader Institute, United American Nurses, 2003
bullet Speaker, NC Community Associations Institute (CAI), 2003
 ("No More 3 Hour Board Meetings!")
bullet Speaker, NAP 2001 Biennial Convention, 2001
 (“Avoiding Parliamentary Minefields”)
bullet Speaker, AIP Annual Session, 1999
 (“When the Parliamentarian Needs A Lawyer & When the Lawyer Needs a Parliamentarian”)
bullet Faculty, Lester Dahms Parliamentary (Minnesota) Workshop, 1999  (“The Professional Presider”)
 (“Presiding With Sturgis”)
 (“The Convention Parliamentarian and Other Staff”)
 (“Utilizing Staff as Convention Parliamentarian”)
bullet Faculty, Floyd M. Riddick (Williamsburg) AIP Practicum, 1999
 (“Community Associations & the Parliamentarian”)
bullet Speaker, NAP 1999 Biennial Convention, 1999
  (“All About Amendments”)
bullet Speaker, NC Association of Parliamentarians Annual Meeting
 (“Parliamentary Procedure on the Internet”), 1999
bullet Instructor of Parliamentary Procedure, Duke University
 Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management, 1998
bullet Instructor of Parliamentary Procedure for Local Government Attorneys Institute of Government, 1998
bullet Faculty, Plaisted Memorial Parliamentary Procedure Practicum, 1998  (“The Problem Member or Non-Member”)
 (“Writing Bylaws”)  (“Amending Bylaws”)  (“Interpreting Bylaws”)
bullet Train the Trainer Conference (NAP)
 (“Declining a Nominations”), 1998
bullet Instructor of Parliamentary Procedure, N.C. Bar Association
 (“Select Issues in Business & International Law”), 1997
bullet Faculty, Floyd M. Riddick (Williamsburg) AIP Practicum, 1997
 (“The Parliamentarian in Court”)
 (“Are You an Ethical Parliamentarian”)
bullet Faculty, Floyd M. Riddick (Williamsburg) AIP Practicum, 1996
 (“Debate Strategy”)
 (“Problems of the Meeting Parliamentarian”)
 (“Corporations and Parliamentary Procedure”)
bullet Faculty, Puerto Rico AIP Practicum, 1995
 (“Public Relations for the Parliamentarian”)
bullet Faculty, Floyd M. Riddick (Williamsburg) AIP Practicum, 1995
 (“Committees of the Whole, Quasi Committees of the Whole, & Informal Consideration”)
 (“The Main Motion: Original, Incidental & Resolutions”)
bullet Faculty, Floyd M. Riddick (Williamsburg) AIP Practicum, 1994
 (“Minorities and Absentees: Why Protect Them?)
bullet Instructor of Parliamentary Procedure, Guilford Technical Community College

Parliamentary Articles:
bullet "10 Meeting Myths About Community Associations,"
Common Ground, 2013
bullet “Employ Consent Agenda Properly to Shave Time Off Meetings,”
Board & Administrator for School Board Members, 2011
bullet “Review Consent Agenda Procedures to Ensure Proper Use,”
Board & Administrator for Superintendents Only, 2011
bullet "Keeping Meetings on Track," Common Ground, Mar/Apr 2010
bullet “Meetings: Open or Closed?” Serving NC, 2010
bullet “Parliamentary Procedure Made Simple,”
Associations Now: The Volunteer Leadership Issue, 2010
bullet “PSST! Closed Meetings and Homeowner Associations,”
Common Ground, Jan/Feb 2008
bullet Contributor to The Medical Staff Meeting Companion: Tools and Techniques for Effective Presentations, 2008
bullet Featured in “Bringing Order and Focus to Meetings Shows Respect,” Houston Chronicle, October 12, 2007
bullet "8 Ways School Boards Can Improve Meetings," On Board, 2007 "For Meetings Without ZZZ's, Start with Eight Eye-Opening Questions,"] Associations Now, 2007
bullet "Prepare for Effective Board Meetings" and cited in "Minutes Should Record Action," Board & Administrator, 2007
bullet "An Affair to Remember: The Secret to Standing-Room Only Meetings," Common Ground, Jan/Feb 2007
bullet “Parliamentary Procedure Survival Skills,"
Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review, 2007
bullet "Parliamentary Procedure Made Simple,"
Associations Now, 2007
bullet "Use Parliamentary Procedure to Run Efficient, Legal Meetings," Community Association Management Insider, 2006
bullet "The Statutes and Procedures of Community Associations,"
National Parliamentarian, 2005
bullet "Parliamentary Procedure in 2005,"
The Toastmaster, Feb. 2005
bullet Contributing Author, “Union/Member Rights and Obligations,” Labor Union Law and Regulation, 2005 Supplement
bullet “Loosen Up: Making Parliamentary Procedure Less Formal and More Manageable,” Association Management, 2004
bullet Featured in “Run Meetings More Efficiently by Setting Members’ Code of Conduct,” Community Association Management Insider, Community Association Institute, 2004
bullet "Basic Parliamentary Procedure for Administrative Lawyers,"
Administrative Lawyer, May 2003
bullet "Meeting Myth-Understandings,"
Common Ground, Jan/Feb. 2003
bullet “Q&A About Honorary Membership,”
Today’s Insurance Professionals, 2002
bullet Parliamentary Law and Procedure for Attorneys CLE Handbook, Co-Author with Hugh Cannon and J. Gaut Ragsdale, 2001
bullet “Parliamentary Practices of CPP’s in 2000,”
Parliamentary Journal, 2001
bullet Featured in “Old Rules of Order May Warrant Second Look,”
Board Member, National Center for Nonprofit Boards, 2001
bullet “Better Meetings Through Parliamentary Procedure,”
Today’s Insurance Woman, 2001
bullet "Taming the Parliamentary Monster" (feature/cover story),
Common Ground, Sep/Oct 2000
bullet “Tips for Shorter, More Effective Meetings,”
Today’s Insurance Woman, 2000
bullet “Schools of Procedures Rules: Apply Parliamentary Knowledge for Efficiency—and Legality—of Meetings,”
ABA Journal (American Bar Association), 2000
bullet “How to Keep Discussions Short: Tips for Shorter, More Effective Meetings,”Association Management, 2000
bullet “Community Associations and the Parliamentarian,”
National Parliamentarian, 2000
bullet “Schools of Procedure Rules,” Today’s Insurance Woman, 2000
bullet "Matching Parliamentary Procedure to Needs,"
Association Management, 1999
bullet “The Parliamentarian,” Today’s Insurance Woman, 1999
bullet Featured in “Will the Meeting Come to Order? Parliamentary Procedure,” The Meeting Professional, 1999
bullet "Parliamentary Organizations and Certifications,"
Parliamentary Journal, 1998
bullet "Better, More Legal Corporate Meetings,"
Business Lawyer, 1998
bullet "Prescription for Troubled Meetings: Better Use of Parliamentary Procedure," Common Ground," 1998
bullet "Maintaining Order With Parliamentary Procedure,"
Board Member, National Center for Nonprofit Boards, 1998
bullet "Community Associations & Parliamentary Procedure,"
CAI-Greater Inland Empire News, 1998
bullet "Finding the Right Parliamentarian," Meetings & Expositions, 1998
bullet Featured in “A Call to Order,” Successful Meetings, 1997
bullet "Homeowner Associations & Parliamentary Procedure,"
Anderson & Kiger attorney newsletter
bullet "Parliamentarians: Avoiding the Practice of Law,"
National Parliamentarian, 1995
bullet "Parliamentary Procedure Can Play Key Role In the Success or Failure of Your Organization,"YLD Newsletter (N.C. Young Lawyers' Division), 1994
bullet "Precise Terms for the Presiding Officer,"
Parliamentary Journal, 1994
bullet "Parliamentary Procedure Crucial to Business, Governments Alike," Greensboro News & Record, 1993
bullet "The Previous Question: Origin and Development,"
Parliamentary Journal, 1993
bullet "Proper Parliamentary Procedure Crucial in Business Organizations," Greensboro News & Record, 1992

National/International Organizations
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers
American Flint Glass Workers Union
American College of Emergency Physicians
American Council of the Blind
American Nurses Association
American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
American Society for Nondestructive Testing
Association of Flight Attendants
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWE)
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)
Embroiderers Guild of America
Gordon Setter Club of America, Inc.
Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers
International Chemical Workers Union Council
Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
National Association of Credit Management
National Association of Health Underwriters
National Association of Insurance Women (International)
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
National Cattlemen's Beef Association
National Education Association
National Federation of Federal Employees
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses
National Pest Control Association
National Pork Producers Council
National Rural Letter Carriers Association
National School Boards Association
Oncology Nursing Society
Papillon Club of America, Inc.
Pekingese Club of America, Inc.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
United American Nurses
United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW)

Alliance Mutual Insurance Company
Charlotte Regional REALTOR© Association, Inc.
Greensboro Regional REALTORS© Association, Inc.
Henley Paper Company
Microsoft Corporation

Condominium/Homeowner Associations
(representative of hundreds of clients)

Laurel Valley Property Owners Association, Inc. (TN)
Dover Condominium Association, Inc. (NC)
Nottingham Homeowners Association (NC)
Outlet Bay Resort (ID)
Uwharrie Point Community Association (NC)

Fontaine Baptist Church
Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church
Holloways Baptist Church
Temple Emanuel Synagogue

State Associations
Alabama Association of School Boards
Arkansas School Boards Association
California Teachers Association
Florida School Boards Association
Georgia Association of Educators
Maryland Association of Boards of Education
Massachusetts State Teachers Association
Mississippi School Boards Association
North Carolina Association of Educators
North Carolina Democratic Party
North Carolina League of Women Voters
North Carolina Nurses Association
North Carolina Association of REALTORS©
North Carolina School Boards Association
Texas State Teachers Association
Virginia Education Association
Virginia School Boards Association
West Virginia School Boards Association

What Clients Say...

This was the best workshop I have ever attended. The instructor was the most prepared and he had a wonderful classroom presence.

Best 3 hour seminar in many years!

This is my first year on our school board. Jim made me feel more comfortable about the situation and I appreciate that. He was very helpful and he listened to our questions.

Best of program.  Needed more time.

This presenter was one of the most lively and dynamic speakers of the CLE (and thre have been some real standouts).  he made a topic that could be dry interesting, relevant and engaging.  Outstanding presenter.

Best presenter we had! Could have spent two days on this. Jim really kept interest up--wish the other presenters were half as good.

Tops. I recommend for next year.

One of the best and most useful CLE courses I've attended here over the years!  Great presenter!

His talk made the trip worthwhile.

Awesome handouts. Should be at every leadership program.

This is a must!

Workshop Participants