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Case Law on Parliamentary Procedure

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The following resources cite cases on meeting and convention procedures or discuss issues of law and parliamentary procedure:

59 Am. Jur. 2d Parliamentary Law

Boggins, Joseph C. “Noteworthy Court Decision,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, Volume 51, Fourth Quarter 1990, 15.

Bosmajian, Haig A. “Court Decisions Related to Freedom of Assembly and Parliamentary Procedures,” Readings in Parliamentary Law. Harper & Row: New York, 1968.

Carson, Walter E. “The Parliamentarian and the Law: Proxy Voting Absent Bylaw Provision,” Parliamentary Journal of the American Institute of Parliamentarians, Volume XXXVIII, No. 1 (January 1997), 10.

Demeter, George. Demeter’s Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure. Boston: Little, Brown, 1969.

Grace, Charles H. “Relationship of Law to Parliamentary Procedure,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, Volume 57, Fourth Quarter 1996, 24.

Lofton, J. David. “Must One Prevail to Change One’s Mind? The Court’s Treatment of the Motion to Reconsider,” Parliamentary Journal of the American Institute of Parliamentarians, Volume XXVIII, No. 3 (July 1987), 101.

Luce, Robert. “The Quorum,” Readings in Parliamentary Law. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.

Luce, Robert. Legislative Procedure: Parliamentary Practices and the Course of Business in the Framing of Statutes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1922.

Malamut, Michael E. “Changes in the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act—Miscellaneous and Technical Amendments,” Business Lawyer 67, Feb. 2012, 473-89.  

Malamut, Michael E. “District of Columbia Enacts Member-Friendly Nonprofit Corporation Law, Part I,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, Second Quarter 2011, 11-15.  

Malamut, Michael E. “District of Columbia Enacts Member-Friendly Nonprofit Corporation Law, Part II,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, Third Quarter 2011, 30-35.  

Malamut, Michael E. “District of Columbia Enacts Member-Friendly Nonprofit Corporation Law, Part III,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, Fourth Quarter 2011, 8-12.  

Malamut, Michael E. “Issues of Concern to Parliamentarians Raised by the 2008 Revision of the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, First Quarter 2009, 24–31.  

Malamut, Michael E. “Issues of Concern to Parliamentarians Raised by the 1952 Model Nonprofit Corporation Act,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, Third Quarter 2008, 16–21.

Mason, Paul. “The Legal Side of Parliamentary Procedure,” Readings in Parliamentary Law. New York: Harper & Rowe, 1968.

Oleck, Howard L. Non-Profit Corporations, Organizations and Associations (5th Edition 1988 & Supp. 1991).

Oleck, Howard L. and Cami Green. Parliamentary Law and Practice for Nonprofit Organizations (Second Edition). Philadelphia: American Law Institute-American Bar Committee on Continuing Professional Education, 1991.

Rice, George P. “Legal Aspects of Membership in Voluntary Associations,” Readings in Parliamentary Procedure. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1992.

Rivera-Rivera, Dominga. “Condominium Law and Its Parliamentary Procedure Provisions,” Parliamentary Journal of the American Institute of Parliamentarians, Volume XXXI, No. 3 (July 1990), 134.

Rivera-Rivera, Dominga. Judicial Interpretation of Parliamentary Procedure in Associations and Clubs. American Institute of Parliamentarians: Kensington, MD, 1994.

Slaughter, Jim. “Statutes Governing Decision-Making Outside of In-Person Meetings,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, Summer 2020, 15-17.

Slaughter, Jim. “Statutes and Procedures of Community Associations,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, First Quarter 2005, 9–14.  

Slaughter, Jim. “Avoid the Practice of Law,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, First Quarter 2003, 16–18.  

Slaughter, Jim. “Community Associations and the Parliamentarian,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, First Quarter 2000, 25–28.  

Slaughter, Jim. “Parliamentarians: Avoiding the Practice of Law,” National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, Volume 56, First Quarter 1995, 34.

Soren, Marshall. “Courts Rule for Voluntary Organizations on Controlling Own Procedures,” Parliamentary Journal of the American Institute of Parliamentarians, Volume XXXVIII, No. 4 (October 1997), 143.

Sturgis, Alice. The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (Fourth Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill Professional Book Group, 2000.

Sturgis, Alice. Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (Second Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1966.

Sussman, Bernard. “Four Instructive Court Cases,” Parliamentary Journal of the American Institute of Parliamentarians, Volume XXXVIII, No. 3 (July 1997), 97.

Sussman, Bernard. “Some Parliamentary Lessons from Court Cases,” Parliamentary Journal of the American Institute of Parliamentarians, Volume XXXI, No. 3 (October 1994), 134. 


Jim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track and lead author of Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fourth Edition.

Charts and articles are intended to provide general information on parliamentary procedure and are not legal advice or a legal opinion.