As a democratic organization, the work and focus of the Guild is decided by our members. Each year at the convention, we hold plenaries in which members discuss programmatic priorities, often in the form of resolutions. We also update our governing documents, our Bylaws and Constitution, and elect new officers to serve on the NLG National Executive Committee.
This year, the NLG #Law4thePeople Convention will be held digitally October 11-17. The plenaries will also be held digitally during that time period. All voting will take place online after the convention.
Resolution and amendment proposals are open to NLG members only. To join the NLG, visit nlg.org/join.
Important Dates (full timeline below):
July 15, 2021: Firm deadline to submit proposed resolutions & bylaw & constitutional amendments.
August 15, 2021: Deadline for proponents to complete procedural compliance and finalize proposals.
September 11, 2021: Final proposed resolutions and bylaw amendments will be shared with all members.
October 10, 2021: Deadline to submit emergency resolutions (24 hours before convention begins)
Information For Proponents
What are Amendments and Resolutions?
- The membership has updated the constitution, originally adopted in 1937, at many conventions. The current constitution and bylaws are available here: nlg.org/about/bylaws-and-resolutions/
- Amendments can be made to either our constitution or our bylaws.
- Resolutions are an opportunity for our membership to propose and agree on statements of programmatic priorities for our organization and to take stances on various issues.
- Examples of resolutions here: nlg.org/about/bylaws-and-resolutions/
- Emergency resolutions are resolutions based on events that take place after the initial sixty-day deadline, and up to twenty-four hours prior to the voting plenary. The twenty-four hour deadline may be waived in the event that an emergency resolution is non-controversial as determined by the Resolutions Committee and confirmed by the actual vote. Emergency resolutions must comply with all resolution requirements not related to timeliness.
For more information on Resolutions, Constitution and Bylaws Amendments, see the NLG Bylaws, Section 8 (Voting Procedures).
Process for Submitting Proposals
- Proposed resolutions, bylaws amendments, and constitutional amendments must be emailed in attachment form by July 15, 2021 Midnight (Pacific Standard Time). Late submissions will not be accepted.
- Early submission of resolutions, bylaw amendments and constitutional amendments is encouraged, as resolutions often require edits to be made for submissions to be in full accordance with the procedural requirements.
- Emails should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Procedural Requirements (Please read carefully!)
The attachment with the proposed resolution or amendment must:
- On its face include the name and contact information of the person submitting the resolution or amendment. This ensures members can contact the proponent before and during the convention.
- Contain a specific and explicit implementation clause indicating what individuals or entities will do the work of implementing the resolution (i.e. the Resolutions Committee, the National Office, a local chapter, etc.). Per an amendment approved at the 2014 convention, proponents are only required to have attempted to obtain consent of those tasked with implementing the resolution. If any person or entity is tasked with implementing the resolution, the face of the resolution must indicate that the proponent has contacted such persons or entities before submitting the resolution. Proposal must indicate if 1) proponent has the consent of all persons obligated, 2) that consent was denied, 3) that consultation was impractical and why, or 4) that approval was requested but was not granted or denied.
- Not exceed 3 pages, 12-point font, including endorsing entities or names. Shorter proposals are encouraged. Endorsing names and entities must be included within the 3-page limit.
- Proposal must include the name and contact information of the person who will present the proposal in the two plenaries.
- Any submission that has been denied for lack of obtaining explicit agreement of a tasked entity or individual to implement the resolution or amendment may be appealed to the Executive Council of the NEC by contacting Elena Cohen at email@example.com.
All primary proponents should plan to present and speak on behalf of the amendment or resolution at the digital plenary. If they will not be present, proponents should notify the Resolutions Committee and appoint an alternate delegate to present and answer questions during the plenary.
Note: Amendments from the floor are not accepted, so people objecting to proposals should speak with proponents well in advance of the plenaries to see if they are willing to amend their own proposals before they come to the plenary floor.
Information For Candidates for Elected National Office
Each year, the NLG holds elections to choose the officers of the National Executive Committee (NEC). All current NLG members in good standing are eligible to run for an elected office, although it is recommended that candidates have one year of Guild membership before running for a position. If you are interested, please email a brief candidate statement to NLG President Elena Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org before October 10, 2021. If you have any questions about the election process, please email NLG Director of Research and Education Traci Yoder at email@example.com.
In 2021, the following office is up for election:
- The Interim Secretary position begins in 2021 and ends at the 2022 convention. This position is responsible for recording and sharing the institutional knowledge of the organization, and participating on the National Executive Council (NEC) and Executive Council (EC). For more information, please read the NLG Secretary Job Description.
Information for Candidates for Non-Elected or Non-National Positions
Candidates for national office which are selected by caucuses, regions, projects, task forces, or committees (e.g., National Student Vice President, National Legal Worker Vice President, Regional Representatives, representatives from The United People of Color Caucus and Queer Caucus, and representatives from up to eight NLG projects and national committees) should refer to their respective entities for procedures and available offices.
Important Dates For 2021 Proponents & Candidates
May 15, 2021
- Publicity begins for call for proposals & candidates
July 15, 2021 (Midnight Pacific Time)
- Firm deadline to Submit Proposed resolutions & bylaw & constitutional amendments.
- No extensions will be granted. Please submit early.
July 30, 2021
- Deadline for Resolutions Committee’s initial response to proponent.
August 15, 2021
- Deadline for proponent to complete procedural compliance (if needed).
September 11, 2021
- Final proposed resolutions and bylaw amendments will be placed on the NLG website.
October 10, 2021
- Deadline to submit emergency resolutions (24 hours before convention begins)
- Deadline for Members to suggest friendly amendments to proposals (no revisions are accepted on the plenary floor)
- Members contact proponent, if proponent agrees to changes, proponent re-submits to Resolutions Committee.
October 18, 2021
- Online voting begins
December 18, 2021
- Online voting closes; results will be posted after the holiday