The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), also known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), has been working since 1892 to establish uniformity in state laws. As a non-profit unincorporated association, it consists of state commissions on uniform laws from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The more than 300 commissioners, who are typically legal professionals, serve for specific terms and do not receive any compensation for their work with the ULC.
The main objective of the ULC is to analyze and evaluate state laws in order to identify areas where uniformity is beneficial. By drafting and proposing specific statutes in these areas, the ULC aims to promote the principle of uniformity among the states. However, it is important to note that the ULC can only propose laws, and they become effective only if adopted by state legislatures. Over the years, the ULC has been the driving force behind the creation of more than 300 uniform acts, covering a wide range of subjects including commercial law, real estate, dispute resolution, domestic relations, healthcare, and more.
Some of the widely adopted uniform acts include the: