Acts Overview

The ULC has promulgated more than 300 uniform and model acts on numerous subjects that improve the laws of commerce, family and domestic relations, real estate transactions, trusts and estates, alternate dispute resolution, and much more.

Some examples of the ULC’s most widely adopted acts include: the Uniform Commercial Code, which has standardized and simplified the law of commerce in the United States; the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, which has enabled organ and tissue transplants since 1968; the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which ensures that business secrets are protected; the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which provide protections and guidance in support and custody issues; the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, which validates electronic records and electronic signatures; and the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act, which establishes standards for investments by universities and nonprofits. All of these are the law in almost every State.

Current Acts

Current acts have been completed and approved by the Uniform Law Commission. These acts are ready for enactment.

Acts in Drafting

Uniform Law Commission (ULC) drafting committees consist of a chair, several ULC commissioners from various states, and a reporter (usually a law professor with expertise in the subject matter). Every ULC drafting committee is also assigned an ABA advisor, who represents the ABA as a whole, and frequently one or more ABA section advisors, who represent particular ABA entities. Other interested groups are also invited to send representatives, known as “observers.” ULC drafting meetings are open to the public, everyone at a drafting meeting is encouraged to participate fully in the discussion, and all of our drafts are available on the ULC website. ULC drafting committees typically meet three times a year (two substantive drafting committee meetings and a presentation of the draft for line-by-line reading and debate at the ULC Annual Meeting) for at least two years.

Topics Under Study

ULC Study Committees review an assigned area of law in light of defined criteria and recommend whether ULC should proceed with a draft on that subject. Study Committees typically do not meet in-person, but when appropriate Study Committees hold meetings with those interested in the area that the committee is exploring in order to assist in gauging the need for uniform state legislation in an area, the likely scope of any drafting project, and the potential support for a project. ABA advisors are appointed to Study Committees when such an appointment appears particularly useful.