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Support of Increased Legal Support for the National Staff

WHEREAS, branches are facing a multiplicity of legal problems, and it has become evident that they do not have sufficient legal staff to give answers to legal questions in a timely manner; and

WHEREAS, it is almost impossible to get any response to any legal issues and/or answers to legal questions in a timely manner from the national legal department; and


WHEREAS, local branches are taking action without the benefit of legal counsel; some of their actions may be unauthorized or due to frustration from having to wait so long for a response from the legal department.


NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the delegates of this 91st Annual Convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People call upon the National Board of Directors and the President/CEO, to support and provide within two years, an increase of attorneys and legal support staff in the General Counsel's Office to adequately service the legal needs and requirements of the branches; and


BE IT FURTHERED RESOLVED that the delegates call upon the National Board of Directors to set aside money in the budget to affect this action within the above specified time.