Bar leaders handbook cover 1988Below is a sample of my writings in this area, with comments on how rules of procedure can be the basis for majority-based decisions in a society that protects the minority in deliberate assemblies:

How to Conduct a Meeting According to Robert’s Rules of Order and in View of Recent Case Law. Section and Committte Leaders Handbook (Florida Bar, beg., 1989). Lawyers in leadership positions can be role models when they practice proper procedure in their bar meetings.

A Quorum Problem in a Labor Union. 51 Nat’l Parl. 3 (4th Quarter, 1990). Even though I discuss a dilemma in a labor union, the matter of a “quorum” is so commonly misunderstood that any reader can relate to my essay.

So You’re Afraid of General Robert?  31 University of Miami Veritas 6 (1990). During many years of consulting work, I became quite familiar with the common fear of Roberts Rules of Order.  In this story I talk about that unfounded feeling.

PLP book reducedParliamentary Law and Procedure for Non-Profit Organizations. (Oleck-Green, ALI-ABA, 2nd ed., 1991). Students of the late Prof. Oleck contributed to the 1st edition of this book, but it soon became apparent that a major revision/update was needed. Although the 2d edition, of which I am the sole author, is no longer in print a few copies are still available by contacting me at cami@chofstadter.com

Originally devised for those in the legal profession, laymen are invariably surprised at how much they can learn about the myriad of dilemmas that have taken the parties (including “innocuous” membership organizations) to a court of law for a just solution.

1998 FL Bar J coverWhy Can’t Lawyers Be More Like Us?  XXXVI Parl. Journal No. 4 (October, 1996). A little bit tongue-in-cheek, I write about how law schools don’t teach parliamentary law and procedure and, yet, we look to the legal profession for advice on when a decision has been made in a way that stands up to a legal challenge.

Betwixt’N Between PIL and PLP: The Public Interest Lawyer and Decisions in Nonprofits. LXXII Florida Bar Journal No. 6 (June, 1998). Again, I draw attention to the fact that lawyers should be more proficient in the majority-based decision-making process; not just for their own protection but so that they can counsel clients. Scanned copies are available for a small fee through me at cami@chofstadter.com