The purpose of the Legal Action Program of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is to provide financial assistance to support litigation of significance to the Association, including matters relevant to the practice of real estate, the operation of real estate associations, ownership and use of real estate, and private property rights. The Statement of Organization and Procedure of the Legal Action Committee, which administers the Program, describes the litigation which is appropriate for support as that which (i) presents an opportunity for a clarifying precedent, or involves issues, of significance to a substantial portion of the membership; (ii) is designed to promote or defend the rights of members, the public, or others concerned with the protection of private property; or (iii) names the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® or one or more Members or Member Boards as a defendant and where the legal issues involved are of substantial significance to the real estate industry as a whole.
Financial support provided by NAR to litigants must be used exclusively to pay the legal fees, costs, and expenses, incurred in connection with the litigation for which assistance is requested and provided. It may not be used to pay judgments, damages, fines, settlements or opposing counsel fees or costs, or any legal fees or costs incurred in connection with requesting financial assistance with the litigation from NAR or other entities, such as a state Association of REALTORS®.
The Legal Action Committee, or the NAR Amicus Brief Advisory Board, may also recommend the preparation and filing of amicus curiae briefs in appropriate cases.