Order Out of Court! What Do Lawyers Need to Know about "Robert’s Rules of Order"? Learn from an Expert!

Event Start:
02/16/2022 4:00 PM
Event End:
02/16/2022 6:00 PM

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. (ET) – 6:00 p.m. (ET)
Webinar Fee: $50

This program is online only.

Hon. Michael E. Malamut, Housing Court
Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Certified Professional
Parliamentarian and Teacher, and Certified Governance Consultant


Group decision making is covered by its own, little known field of law - the law of meetings. The law of meetings applies to entities consisting of individual members, including public boards and commissions, town meetings, member meetings for nonprofit corporations and unincorporated associations, conventions of delegates, unions, condominium associations, and corporate boards. Robert’s Rules of Order is not the only set of rules of order for deliberative meetings, but they are the best known. The program will introduce the basic common law provisions for deliberative meetings, the role of Robert’s Rules, and alternatives to Robert’s Rules.

Judge Malamut has prepared extensive course materials to be provided to participants. These materials can be useful in navigating the issues that often arise in deliberative decision making in participatory meetings.

Program topics include:

  • What is the law applicable to group decision making?
  • What is Robert’s Rules of Order? And what happens if they apply to a client body?
  • What happens if the body adopts no guide to rules of order?
  • Are there alternatives to Robert’s Rules? Why choose one or another?
  • What is the Massachusetts connection to rules of order?
  • What are the basic due process requirements for a valid meeting and group decision?
  • What can go wrong if my group doesn’t follow the rules?
  • What’s the role of the lawyer in ensuring that decisions at a meeting hold up?
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