Past Presidents

Carl S. Silverman (2013 – 2015)

Carl S. Silverman, Esq. has represented business clients in the areas of employment relations, workplace litigation, as general counsel for trade associations, nonprofit educational and religious organizations, and as Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) for thirty plus years. Mr. Silverman, with JD and LLM degrees from Georgetown University Law Center, is a former trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, DC, and is the principal in the Law Office of Carl S. Silverman, LLC in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Silverman is a member of the Bars of Washington, DC and Virginia, as well as Maryland and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Credentialed by the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) as an instructor, and appointed to teach NAP members who have sought to gain or retain their own PRP status, Mr. Silverman has previously served ten years on the North American Board of the NAP in various elected capacities including District Director, Director at Large, Executive Board Member, and as appointed Communications Committee Chair and Legal Liaison to NAP.  He has regularly led educational workshops and published articles for the NAP and other organizations and clients in the business and parliamentary community, as well as serving as Parliamentarian for twenty-four years on the Maryland State Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Mr. Silverman is currently a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP).

A frequent presenter for association, organization and other business clients and at workshops for NAP Conventions, National Training Conferences, District Conventions and State Associations and AIP from coast to coast, Mr. Silverman has led innovative and timely parliamentary programs such as Legal Malpractice Insurance for Parliamentarians: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?, The Many Faces of Parliamentarians – Let Us Count the Ways!, Parliamentarians as Leaders – What It’s All About…, Confronting Challenges and Expectations for Tomorrow.., Avoiding Legal Traps for NAP and Parliamentarians, Marketing NAP and Parliamentarians to the World with Social Media, such as Face book, YouTube, Twitter & More, Parliamentary Principles to the Rescue!, Using Robert’s Rules to Make Business and Meetings Successful, and serving on the faculty panel and as co-presenter for the ABA-CLE 2014 webinar “Law of Meetings”.


Burke (Thomas) Balch (2012 – 2013)

Burke (Thomas) Balch directs the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, based in Washington, DC. His principal duties include legislative drafting and analysis, and lobbying. A graduate of New York University Law School and Williams College, Balch’s past employment includes the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled, which was a national support center for the Legal Services Corporation.

Balch is a member of the authorship team for Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised and Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief; see As of 2016, he is a member of the Ethics Committee of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), and chairs that organization’s Commission on Credentialing.

A Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Balch has served as parliamentarian or professional presiding officer for a wide variety of organizations, ranging from dog clubs and condominium owners’ associations to political conventions and medical groups, including the National Association of Parliamentarians itself. He has provided CLE’s on parliamentary law for the American Bar Association and other groups, and frequently lectures on parliamentary procedure.


Micheal E. Malamut (2010 – 2012)

michael-malamut-1Michael E. Malamut is counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, concentrating in affordability preservation for existing developments and emergency shelter and transitional housing programs for homeless individuals and families. In addition, he has an extensive consulting practice in nonprofit governance. His practice focuses on governance, meeting procedures, employment law, and administrative law for nonprofit clients. His work in the nonprofit sector concentrates on entity formation, reorganization, governance structure, governance policy formulation and review, membership association-subordinate unit relationships, member discipline, and meeting procedures. He has written numerous articles on these and related topics and regularly presents at continuing legal education seminars and in other adult education venues. Prior to joining DHCD, Mr. Malamut was a senior associate with Kopelman & Paige, PC, and Deputy General Counsel for the New England Legal Foundation, where he worked from 1998 through 2008. Previously, he served as Assistant General Counsel to the Boston Housing Authority and worked at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and Foley Hoag. He has been active in nonprofit issues in the American Bar Association, serving as Chair of the Business Law Section’s Nonprofit Organizations Committee and Liaison to the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.

Mr. Malamut is one of the few attorneys nationwide who has also obtained the highest credentials as a professional parliamentarian and a governance trainer. He is currently serving as Chair of the Opinions Committee of the American Institute of Parliamentarians and is past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He was a member of the authorship team for the new American Institute of Parliamentarians Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, published in 2012, for which he supplied the legal citations. He is credentialed as a Certified Governance Trainer by BoardSource, as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian with National Association of Parliamentarians, and as a Certified Professional Parliamentarian and Teacher with AIP. In addition, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University Law School and a member of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Board of Editors. He currently serves on the Murray Inn of Court Board of Directors, and as an elected Commissioner of Trust Funds in his hometown of Dedham, Massachusetts, where he resides with his wife, physician Catherine Milch Malamut, and two children. He received his undergraduate degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Senior Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal.


Jim Slaughter (2007 – 2009)

jim-slaughterJim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher, and Professional Registered Parliamentarian.  He serves as parliamentarian to many of the largest trade and professional associations, including the AFL-CIO, National Education Association, and the American Nurses Association.  Jim served as 2014 President of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) and as 2007-2009 President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers (ACPL). He is author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track and lead author of Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fourth Edition.  Jim is a partner in the North Carolina law firm of Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA.

Jim’s parliamentary website at contains many charts and articles on meeting procedure, parliamentary news updates, and links to numerous parliamentary resources.