Parliamentary Resume of Jim Slaughter

Parliamentarian Resume

PDF  of Jim's Parliamentary Resume


  • A.L. Brown High School, Valedictorian
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    B.A. Highest Honors - US History (North Carolina History)
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 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
  • British History and Parliament Program (London, England)


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


  • President & Partner - Law Firm Carolinas
  • Certified Superior Court Mediator
  • Listed in Marquis Who’s Who In America
  • Listed in Marquis Who’s Who In American Law
  • 2016 Leaders in the Law Honoree, NC Lawyers Weekly
  • Order of the Long Leaf Pine
  • Past President, CAI's College of Community Association Lawyers
  • Past President, NC Chapter of the Community Associations Institute
  • 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)
  • Past President, American College of Parliamentary Lawyers
  • Past Chair and Member, Ethics Committee of the National Association of Parliamentarians
  • Past Chair and Member, Ethics Committe of the American Institute of Parliamentarians
  • Past Member, AIP Accrediting Committee
  • Past NAP Parliamentary Research Editor
  • Past NAP Bylaws Revision Committee
  • Winner, First Annual North Carolina Parliamentary Procedure Contest (Toastmasters, International), 1992


  • Robert’s Rules of Order: Fast-Track—The Brief and Easy Guide to Parliamentary Procedure (To Be Published 2022)
  • Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fifth Edition (To Be Published 2022)
  • 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)

Parliamentary Faculty:

  • 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:

  • Speaker, Lee Demeter Unit of Parliamentarians, 2023
    ("Super Large Conventions and Their Issues")
  • Speaker, NC Association of Realtors®, 2023
    ("Parliamentary Procedure Survival Skills for Realtor® Leaders")
  • Speaker, NC Association of Realtors®, 2022
    ("Robert's Rules Tips for Realtor® Leaders")
  • Speaker, Association Executives of North Carolina, 2021
    ("Parliamentary Survival Skills for Association Executives")
  • Speaker, California Community Association Law Seminar, 2021
    ("Parliamentary Procedure for HOA/Condo Leaders")
  • Speaker, Connecticut CAI Chapter, 2021
    ("Parliamentary Procedure for HOA/Condo Leaders")
  • Speaker, NC Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, 2021
    ("Avoiding Legal Landmines")
  • Speaker, NC Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, 2020
    ("Virtually There: Board, Membership & Committee Meetings and Violation Hearings in a COVID-19 World")
  • Speaker, NC CAI Law Day, 2020
    ("What HOA/Condo Leaders Need to Know About Meeting Procedures & Robert’s Rules")
  • Speaker, CAI's Community Association Law Seminar, 2020
    ("Parliamentary Procedure for Community Association Attorneys")
  • UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, 2015
    ("Parliamentary Procedure Survival Skills for Attorneys")
  • Speaker, CAI's Community Association Law Seminar, 2015
    ("Running a Darn Good Meeting")
  • Speaker, CAI's Community Association Law Seminar, 2012
    ("What HOA/Condo Attorneys Need to Know about  Meeting Procedure and Robert's Rules of Order")
  • Speaker, 33rd Annual Community Association Law Seminar, 2012
    (“Meetings Without Mayhem: Everything Attorneys Need to Know About Meeting Procedure in 90 Minutes”)
  • Speaker, Lester Dahms Parliamentary (Iowa) Workshop, 2011
    (“Legal Parameters of the Parliamentary Profession”)
    (“Ethical Parameters of the Parliamentary Profession”)
  • Speaker, NAP 2011 Biennial Convention, 2011
    (“Top 7 Mistakes Parliamentarians Make with Homeowner and Condominium Associations (and How to Avoid Them)”)
  • Speaker, NC Community Associations Institute Law Day (CAI), 2011
    (“Transparency in Meetings”)
  • Speaker, NC Community Associations Institute Law Day (CAI), 2010
    (“Running Legal Meetings”)
  • Speaker, National Training Conference (NAP), 2010
     (“Legal Landmines for the Professional Parliamentarian”)
     (“Homeowner Associations, Condos & the Parliamentarian”)
  • Speaker, Community Associations Institute National Conference, 2009
    (“Parliamentary Procedure: Survival Skills for Community Association Leaders”)
  • Webinar, Community Associations Institute, 2009
     (“Quick & Easy Guide to Parliamentary Procedure”)
  • Microsoft Corporation Standards Summit, 2008
     (“Parliamentary Procedure in Standards Setting Organizations”)
     (“How to Use Parliamentary Procedure to Your Advantage”)
  • Speaker, 26th Annual Community Association Law Seminar, 2005
    ("Voting Nightmares")
  • Speaker, 25th Annual Community Association Law Seminar, 2004
    ("Effective Meetings Through Parliamentary Procedure")
  • Trainer, Labor Leader Institute, United American Nurses, 2003
  • Speaker, NC Community Associations Institute (CAI), 2003
     ("No More 3 Hour Board Meetings!")
  • Speaker, NAP 2001 Biennial Convention, 2001
     (“Avoiding Parliamentary Minefields”)
  • Speaker, AIP Annual Session, 1999
     (“When the Parliamentarian Needs A Lawyer & When the Lawyer Needs a Parliamentarian”)
  • Faculty, Lester Dahms Parliamentary (Minnesota) Workshop, 1999
    (“The Professional Presider”)
     (“Presiding With Sturgis”)
     (“The Convention Parliamentarian and Other Staff”)
     (“Utilizing Staff as Convention Parliamentarian”)
  • Faculty, Floyd M. Riddick (Williamsburg) AIP Practicum, 1999
     (“Community Associations & the Parliamentarian”)
  • Speaker, NAP 1999 Biennial Convention, 1999
      (“All About Amendments”)
  • Speaker, NC Association of Parliamentarians Annual Meeting
     (“Parliamentary Procedure on the Internet”), 1999
  • Instructor of Parliamentary Procedure, Duke University
     Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management, 1998
  • Instructor of Parliamentary Procedure for Local Government Attorneys Institute of Government, 1998
  • Faculty, Plaisted Memorial Parliamentary Procedure Practicum, 1998
    (“The Problem Member or Non-Member”)
     (“Writing Bylaws”)
    (“Amending Bylaws”)
    (“Interpreting Bylaws”)
  • Train the Trainer Conference (NAP)
     (“Declining a Nominations”), 1998
  • Instructor of Parliamentary Procedure, N.C. Bar Association
     (“Select Issues in Business & International Law”), 1997
  • Faculty, Floyd M. Riddick (Williamsburg) AIP Practicum, 1997
     (“The Parliamentarian in Court”)
     (“Are You an Ethical Parliamentarian”)
  • Faculty, Floyd M. Riddick (Williamsburg) AIP Practicum, 1996
     (“Debate Strategy”)
     (“Problems of the Meeting Parliamentarian”)
     (“Corporations and Parliamentary Procedure”)
  • Faculty, Puerto Rico AIP Practicum, 1995
     (“Public Relations for the Parliamentarian”)
  • 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”)
  • Faculty, Floyd M. Riddick (Williamsburg) AIP Practicum, 1994
     (“Minorities and Absentees: Why Protect Them?)
  • Instructor of Parliamentary Procedure, Guilford Technical Community College

Parliamentary Articles:

  • Read Jim's Parliamentary Blogs
  • "Large Virtual Meetings: Advice from Robert’s and Lessons Learned,"
    National Parliamentarian, 2023
  • "Parliamentary Procedure, Robert’s Rules, and Jim Slaughter: Award-Winning Author Discusses Two New Books and More,"
    NC Bar Association Journal, 2022
  • "10 Myths about Parliamentary Procedure and Presbyterian Meetings,"
    Presbyterian Outlook, 2022
  • "Association Meeting Myths,"
    Association Executives of North Carolina, 2022
  • "Statutes Governing Decision-Making Outside of Meetings,"
    National Parliamentarian, 2020
  • "What Community Associations Should Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic,"
    The Washington Post, 2020
  • "10 Meeting Myths About Community Associations,"
    Common Ground, 2013
  • “Employ Consent Agenda Properly to Shave Time Off Meetings,”
    Board & Administrator for School Board Members, 2011
  • "Keeping Meetings on Track," Common Ground, Mar/Apr 2010
  • “Meetings: Open or Closed?” Serving NC, 2010
  • “Parliamentary Procedure Made Simple,”
    Associations Now: The Volunteer Leadership Issue, 2010
  • "Parliamentary Organization Formed: The American College of Parliamentary Lawyers,"
    National Parliamentarian, 2008
  • “PSST! Closed Meetings and Homeowner Associations,”
    Common Ground, Jan/Feb 2008
  • Contributor to The Medical Staff Meeting Companion: Tools and Techniques for Effective Presentations, 2008
  • Featured in “Bringing Order and Focus to Meetings Shows Respect,” Houston Chronicle, October 12, 2007
  • "8 Ways School Boards Can Improve Meetings," On Board, 2007 "For Meetings Without ZZZ's, Start with Eight Eye-Opening Questions,"] Associations Now, 2007
  • "Prepare for Effective Board Meetings" and cited in "Minutes Should Record Action," Board & Administrator, 2007
  • "An Affair to Remember: The Secret to Standing-Room Only Meetings," Common Ground, Jan/Feb 2007
  • “Parliamentary Procedure Survival Skills,"
    Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review, 2007
  • "Parliamentary Procedure Made Simple,"
    Associations Now, 2007
  • "Use Parliamentary Procedure to Run Efficient, Legal Meetings," Community Association Management Insider, 2006
  • "The Statutes and Procedures of Community Associations,"
    National Parliamentarian, 2005
  • "Parliamentary Procedure in 2005,"
    The Toastmaster, Feb. 2005
  • Contributing Author, “Union/Member Rights and Obligations,” Labor Union Law and Regulation, 2005 Supplement
  • “Loosen Up: Making Parliamentary Procedure Less Formal and More Manageable,” Association Management, 2004
  • Featured in “Run Meetings More Efficiently by Setting Members’ Code of Conduct,” Community Association Management Insider, Community Association Institute, 2004
  • "Basic Parliamentary Procedure for Administrative Lawyers,"
    Administrative Lawyer, May 2003
  • "Meeting Myth-Understandings,"
    Common Ground, Jan/Feb. 2003
  • “Q&A About Honorary Membership,”
    Today’s Insurance Professionals, 2002
  • Parliamentary Law and Procedure for Attorneys CLE Handbook, Co-Author with Hugh Cannon and J. Gaut Ragsdale, 2001
  • “Parliamentary Practices of CPP’s in 2000,”
    Parliamentary Journal, 2001
  • Featured in “Old Rules of Order May Warrant Second Look,”
    Board Member, National Center for Nonprofit Boards, 2001
  • “Better Meetings Through Parliamentary Procedure,”
    Today’s Insurance Woman, 2001
  • "Taming the Parliamentary Monster" (feature/cover story),
    Common Ground, Sep/Oct 2000
  • “Tips for Shorter, More Effective Meetings,”
    Today’s Insurance Woman, 2000
  • “Schools of Procedures Rules: Apply Parliamentary Knowledge for Efficiency—and Legality—of Meetings,”
    ABA Journal (American Bar Association), 2000
  • “How to Keep Discussions Short: Tips for Shorter, More Effective Meetings,”Association Management, 2000
  • “Community Associations and the Parliamentarian,”
    National Parliamentarian, 2000
  • “Schools of Procedure Rules,” Today’s Insurance Woman, 2000
  • "Matching Parliamentary Procedure to Needs,"
    Association Management, 1999
  • “The Parliamentarian,” Today’s Insurance Woman, 1999
  • Featured in “Will the Meeting Come to Order? Parliamentary Procedure,” The Meeting Professional, 1999
  • "Parliamentary Organizations and Certifications,"
    Parliamentary Journal, 1998
  • "Better, More Legal Corporate Meetings,"
    Business Lawyer, 1998
  • "Prescription for Troubled Meetings: Better Use of Parliamentary Procedure," Common Ground," 1998
  • "Maintaining Order With Parliamentary Procedure,"
    Board Member, National Center for Nonprofit Boards, 1998
  • "Community Associations & Parliamentary Procedure,"
    CAI-Greater Inland Empire News, 1998
  • "Finding the Right Parliamentarian," Meetings & Expositions, 1998
  • Featured in “A Call to Order,” Successful Meetings, 1997
  • "Homeowner Associations & Parliamentary Procedure,"
    Anderson & Kiger attorney newsletter
  • "Parliamentarians: Avoiding the Practice of Law,"
    National Parliamentarian, 1995
  • "Parliamentary Procedure Can Play Key Role In the Success or Failure of Your Organization,"YLD Newsletter (N.C. Young Lawyers' Division), 1994
  • "Precise Terms for the Presiding Officer,"
    Parliamentary Journal, 1994
  • "Parliamentary Procedure Crucial to Business, Governments Alike," Greensboro News & Record, 1993
  • "The Previous Question: Origin and Development,"
    Parliamentary Journal, 1993
  • "Proper Parliamentary Procedure Crucial in Business Organizations," Greensboro News & Record, 1992

National/International Organizations

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Farm Bureau Federation
  • 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 Institute of Architects
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
  • American Society for Nondestructive Testing
  • Association of Flight Attendants
  • Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWED-IBT)
  • Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)
  • Embroiderers Guild of America
  • Gordon Setter Club of America, Inc.
  • Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU)
  • InfraGard
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
  • International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental Iron Workers
  • International Association of Fire Fighters
  • 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 League of Cities
  • National Pest Control Association
  • National Pork Board
  • 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
  • Illinois Education Association
  • Maryland Association of Boards of Education
  • Massachusetts 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