Virtual Meeting Law
Information for Legal and Compliant
Virtual Business Meetings

Sarah E. Merkle

About

Virtual Meeting Law provides accessible information about how to have legal and compliant virtual business meetings.

Sarah E. Merkle is a lawyer and professional parliamentarian. She is one of five lawyers in the world to have earned the credentials Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher and Professional Registered Parliamentarian. For nearly 20 years, she has advised national, regional, state, and local organizations regarding proper governance, and compliant board and membership meetings. Sarah blogs about all things parliamentary procedure at www.lawoforderblog.com.

Sarah practices law at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. The statements and opinions on this site are Sarah’s, and they do not necessarily reflect the opinions or legal interpretations of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. None of the statements, opinions, or legal interpretations on this site constitute legal advice, and accessing content on this site does not create an attorney-client relationship between the user and the author.

Location

1819 Fifth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35209

Phone & Email

205-521-8380
smerkle@bradley.com

LEGAL VIRTUAL MEETINGS
Can Our Board or Membership Have a Virtual Meeting—Legally?

$45

Need to know whether your non-profit can hold an electronic meeting?

This webinar helps you understand terminology and navigate the law and applicable rules to know exactly whether you can hold a board or members meeting without everyone present in one room.

View this 45-minute on-demand webinar where lawyer-parliamentarian Sarah E. Merkle discusses key points and answers common questions.

  • Does our state law allow virtual meetings?
  • What if our governing documents—or bylaws—say nothing about virtual meetings?
  • Which rules do we consider first in knowing whether meeting virtually is allowed?
  • How do Robert’s Rules of Order apply to virtual meetings?
  • What do we need to do to make sure our virtual meeting is compliant?

 

VIRTUAL MEETINGS 101
How to Conduct Virtual (and Compliant!) Board and Membership Meetings

$65
Ready to hold a virtual business meeting?

As you hold an electronic meeting—for either board or members—you should take steps to ensure that decisions made are compliant and free from the risk of being questioned later.

In this 45-minute on-demand webinar, lawyer-parliamentarian Sarah E. Merkle discusses best practices for non-profits holding virtual board and membership meetings.

  • What governance principles apply?
  • What if we need to adopt a special rule for a virtual meeting?
  • What do we need to include as we give notice of the meeting?
  • Do we need to follow the same procedures for discussion?
  • How can we ensure accurate and fair voting process?

 

FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO VIRTUAL MEETINGS
A toolkit for legal and compliant business meetings

$30

Your non-profit may be able to hold a virtual board or members meeting. But before planning an electronic event, it is essential that organizations check state laws and their own governing documents to ensure compliance, limit risk, and protect the rights of each member.

This downloadable ebook toolkit walks you through a step-by-step process of navigating virtual meeting law and applying it to your non-profit organization. Lawyer-parliamentarian Sarah E. Merkle answers key questions, helping you make a well-informed, compliant, and legal decision about meeting virtually.

  • Do state laws address virtual business meetings for non-profits?
  • What if state statutes and our group bylaws disagree about holding a virtual meeting?
  • Can we adopt special rules to accommodate unique virtual meeting needs?

 

PDF ebook download
Includes four helpful graphic resources
30 pages

FOR YOUR CHURCH

YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO VIRTUAL CHURCH MEETINGS
A toolkit for legal and compliant business meetings

$30

Churches face unique challenges as they consider the legality of holding a virtual business meeting. This user-friendly ebook helps church leaders navigate applicable law and organizational rules to ensure that virtual board meetings or members meetings are compliant.

Download this step-by-step guide, designed specifically for churches. Lawyer-parliamentarian Sarah E. Merkle answers key questions—helping you make a well-informed, compliant, and legal decision about meeting virtually.

  • How do we interpret state laws regarding virtual church business meetings?
  • What if our church bylaws are silent about meeting virtually?
  • What meeting procedures may we adapt as we meet virtually?
  • What options do we have if a virtual meeting is not permitted by our governing documents?

 

PDF ebook download
Includes four helpful graphic resources
30 pages

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