2023 Dahms-Bierbaum Workshop

“When Disaster Strikes: Parliamentary Solutions in Extreme Situations”

Has your organization been crippled by natural disasters, global pandemics, fraud, or terrorist activity? Have you lost leaders to death, mass resignations, criminal activity, or unexplained absences? Are your leaders in compliance with the rules that govern your labor union, homeowners association, condominium, fraternity or sorority, religious body, political party, or nonprofit association?

This interactive workshop will address how properly using parliamentary procedure can help you and your organization when disaster strikes.

Our Instructors

Alison Wallis, JD, PRP, CP-T

Curriculum Director

Alison Wallis is the Vice-President of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP). She became a Professional Registered Parliamentarian in 2005 and since that time has worked for a wide variety of clients. Alison holds a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. She was a prosecutor for 15 years and later worked for the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. She now handles post-conviction matters for the judges of Jefferson Parish.

Alison, a Certified Parliamentarian-Teacher, served three terms as President of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. She is the immediate past president of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. She served two terms on the board of Directors for NAP and was the editor of the Question and Answer Team for the last biennium. Alison has served as President of the Louisiana Association of Parliamentarians and as District Six Director. Currently, she serves as a secretary for the National Association of Parliamentarians Educational Foundation and is curriculum director for the Dahms Memorial Foundation. 

C.J. Cavin, JD, PRP, CP-T


C.J. Cavin is licensed Oklahoma attorney and a credentialed and experienced parliamentarian.

C.J. serves as the full-time Parliamentarian for the Oklahoma House of Representatives where he helps 101 Representatives and professional staff process legislation. Additionally, he advises the Presiding Officer during the daily sessions of the legislature and addresses conflicts that arise during deliberations.

C.J. is a Certified Parliamentarian-Teacher through the American Institute of Parliamentarians and a Professional Registered Parliamentarian through the National Association of Parliamentarians.

C.J. is widely recognized as a leader in virtual meetings – not just best practices as a parliamentarian but the necessary requirements that
organizations need to consider for their next virtual meeting.

He serves as the Chair for the Commission on Credentialing with the National Association of Parliamentarians, Parliamentarian for the American Institute of Parliamentarians, Vice-President for the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers, and President for the Oklahoma State Association of Parliamentarians.

Michael Taliercio, JD, PRP


Michael Taliercio is a credentialed parliamentarian and an attorney licensed to practice law in North Carolina, New York, and Massachusetts. Michael is a partner with Law Firm Carolinas, and routinely represents community associations on a variety of issues, including meeting procedure, governance, elections, and officer responsibilities.

Michael Taliercio is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian credentialed by the National Association of Parliamentarians and is the current president of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He has served as parliamentarian to numerous professional associations, labor unions, and other groups around the country. He greatly enjoys serving as a parliamentarian at large meetings and regularly assists at conventions with thousands of participants.