Jim Slaughter’s new website – amazing resource for Robert’s Rules

The announcement that Jim Slaughter has revamped and updated his website is joyful news for all of us committed to good meetings and the democratic process. I have long valued the resources that Jim provides. His book Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules is my “go-to” volume for clear and helpful explanations of difficult aspects of Robert’s Rules.

More details on Jim’s illustrious career and his publications are given below. Thank you, Jim, for sharing this bounty with all of us.

Jim writes:

For almost thirty years, parliamentarians and parliamentary units have used the resources on my parliamentary site for self-education and meeting content. In part due to the latest Robert’s Rules of Order, the site has been completely revamped and updated, with all Robert’s references now to the 12th Edition.

The updated website includes:

  • Dozens of charts and articles on running effective meetings, all revised to the new Robert’s 12th Edition.
  • Guides/”cheat sheets” to the new Robert’s and other major parliamentary manuals, including The Standard Code and AIP Standard Code.
  • Tips on how smaller boards can follow more relaxed procedures than larger membership meetings.
  • Articles on things to consider when looking at electronic meetings (including hybrid meetings), suggested rules and tips for electronic meetings, and differences between large virtual and in-person meetings.
  • Advice on handling the most frequently used parliamentary motions.
  • Hundreds of brain teasers, all citing the new Robert’s.
  • A searchable database of 2,000 parliamentary procedure article titles and authors.
  • 100+ parliamentary law blog posts.
  • Parliamentary quotations.
  • Daily news articles mentioning Robert’s Rules.
  • Links to major parliamentary organizations and other meetings resources.

The updated site can still be found at www.jimslaughter.com.

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 two books on association meeting procedure, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track and Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fourth Edition, and two upcoming books, Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fifth Edition (2022) and Robert’s Rules of Order: Fast-Track—The Brief and Easy Guide to Parliamentary Procedure (2022).

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Ann Macfarlane

Ann G. Macfarlane is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She offers an interactive and user-friendly way to master the key points for effective, efficient and fair meetings. Her background as a diplomat and Russian translator enables her to connect with elected officials and nonprofit board directors and give them the tools they need for success. She is the author of Mastering Council Meetings: A guidebook for elected officials and local governments.


  1. Doni Lystra on April 28, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    A question: Can a regular previously held meeting be changed to an executive session for the files and the minutes tossed out

    • Ann Macfarlane on April 28, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      This seems like an unusual situation. When a meeting is announced, the type of meeting is included in the announcement: regular, special, adjourned, executive session, and so on. It isn’t possible to change the type retroactively. Minutes of the meeting are an official record, and they cannot simply be discarded. So as you describe it, no, these things shouldn’t happen.