The NSBA Council of School Attorneys proudly presents the 2013 School Law Practice Seminar, to be held October 10-12 in “Music City,” Nashville, Tennessee! Join other school attorneys from across the U.S. and Canada for the premier school law CLE event. It is our chance to drill down to the meaty issues, to discuss shared challenges, and to grow as school attorneys and colleagues.
- Participate in interactive discussions and in-depth sessions unique to your practice, led by gifted practitioners.
- Gain CLE! COSA has applied for 11.5 hrs. of CLE credit including 1.3 hrs. of ethics.
- Bring your entire school law practice team! Discounts are available for multiple registrants from the same law firm/organization.
- If you are State Association Counsel or In House Counsel, participate in the ever-popular networking meeting and complimentary luncheons to be held Thursday.
- If you are new to the seminar or to school law, be sure to attend the New Attendee meet-and-greet on Thursday, and/or the New to the Practice Nightcap on Thursday.
You won’t want to miss the early bird sessions on Thursday, which feature specialized and timely discussions on:
- Special education, including a highly personal discussion led by a school attorney and parent of an autistic child: Dealing with Parents of Children with Autism: What Every School Attorney Needs to Know; and
- Employment, including a veteran school attorney’s wisdom on Responding to the EEOC’s Guidance on Criminal Background Checks.
The seminar’s exciting opening general session will take place on Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. From Desegregation to Diversity will be presented by John W. Borkowski, Hogan Lovells, Dr. Jesse Register, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Dr. Leonard Stevens, Leonard Stevens Consulting. Friday morning kicks off with Evaluating Mental Health Needs in Light of Safety and Security Concerns, NSBA’s Legal Advocacy Agenda with NSBA’s General Counsel, Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. and Student Privacy Concerns in the Cloud Computing Era.
On Friday afternoon, choose the in-depth concurrent session that appeals to you:
- School governance, featuring ACA Health Insurance Shared Responsibility Penalties, Intellectual Property and Fair Use, and Defining Equal Opportunity in School-Sponsored Extracurricular Activities; or
- School law trial practice, with detailed presentations on Use and Preparation of Expert Witnesses in School Cases, Working with Child Witnesses, and Litigation Lessons from the Courthouse.
The Seminar concludes on Saturday with two dynamic presentations: Armed Guards in Schools, and Adventures in Ethics: Will You End Your Career with Integrity or Will You be Eaten by a Bear?
COSA's 2013 Seminar Committee,* under the leadership of Lisa Brown, COSA Board member from Houston, TX, has put together this powerful program, filled with school law topics that are most relevant to your busy school law practice!
Nashville – "Hot and Trendy"
“The new Nashville offers two things worth traveling for: a hot, trendy new food scene and its famous, funky music scene. The ‘haute southern’ cuisine is flourishing in Nashville . . . . Not to mention some of the tastiest and most creative cocktails we've ever tried. At night, you can't walk two blocks without coming across some incredible live music, from bluegrass to brass bands, zydeco to country.”
"Best Places to Go in 2013," Condé Nast Traveler, January 1, 2013
Condé Nast Magazine has listed Nashville as one of the Top 5 Places in the World to Visit in 2013, (Condé Nast Traveler, January 1, 2013) citing its “hot, trendy new food scene and its famous, funky music scene.” In addition to the eating and listening possibilities, Nashville presents opportunities for more traditional excursions to such places as:
- Grand Ole Opry House
- The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
- Historic RCA Studio B, Home of 1000 Hits
- Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Old Opry
- Country Music Hall of Fame
- Frist Center for the Visual Arts
“On the main drag heading toward the Cumberland River, we passed singers, guitarists and other quasi-instrumentalists, including a man with a child’s keyboard and a plastic tube that he blew like a trumpet. Every few yards we were treated to a brief concert.”
"Their Town: Nashville's Callie Khouri is a Little Bit Country," Washington Post, January 27, 2013
Schedule at a Glance
All Seminar programming will be held at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown, 623 Union St., Nashville, TN.
Thursday, Oct. 10 ◊ 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
State Association Counsel Luncheon Networking Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 10 ◊ 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
In House Counsel Luncheon Networking Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 10 ◊ 2:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Special Education and Employment Early Birds
Thursday, Oct. 10 ◊ 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening General Session
Thursday, Oct. 10 ◊ 6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
New Attendee Meet & Greet
Thursday, Oct. 10 ◊ 7:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Dine Around Nashville
Thursday, Oct. 10 ◊ 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
New to the Practice Nightcap
Friday, Oct. 11 ◊ 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Friday, Oct. 11 ◊ 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Networking Luncheon for All Attendees
Friday, Oct. 11 ◊ 1:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11 ◊ 4:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 ◊ 8:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
- Earn up to 11.5 hrs. CLE including 1.3 hrs. ethics
- Two continental breakfasts, beverage breaks, Friday luncheon & reception included with registration
- “Dine Around Nashville” on Thursday evening -- have fun on the town and network with colleagues!
- More networking and work-alike discussions at the Friday luncheon
- Relax and enjoy new and old friends at the Friday evening Reception
Thanks to Our Partners!
In addition to the significant assistance provided by the Tennessee School Boards Association, COSA is grateful for the generous financial support of the following organizations
- Tennesee Council of School Board Attorneys
The Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys exclusively addresses and serves the needs of school attorneys representing public school boards across the state, providing a forum for the exchange of legal and education information and a connection to other practitioners specializing in education law. Membership, open to all attorneys licensed to practice law in Tennessee.
- Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC
Founded in 1960 as a defense litigation firm, Lewis King is proud of its tradition but squarely poised for a successful future. Our 56 highly skilled attorneys are Tennessee-based and serve regional and national clients. We are committed to providing a level of service that builds trust and establishes long-term relationships. Facebook | LinkedIn
- Microsoft Corporation
Mobile, social, data. The cloud is key to unlocking the impact these trends can have on how organizations engage with their customers, partners, constituents and employees in order to better deliver services. Microsoft approaches cloud services as a way to help customers take a key step toward better business agility, economics, and experiences both inside and outside their organization’s walls. The Microsoft cloud brings our ongoing focus on people to the arena of cloud services, with an approach that mirrors the familiarity and ease of use from our products that you have on your premises. Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn
- Education First
As the World Leader in International Education, EF Education First partners with schools and districts to enhance curriculum through culturally immersive educational travel opportunities which bring classroom learning to life. With more than 450 offices and schools in over 50 countries, we have helped millions of people become citizens of the world by breaking down barriers of language, culture and geography.
*Seminar Committee Members: Lisa Brown (Chair), Randy Bennett, Séamus Boyce, Danielle Haindfield, Andy Sanchez, Tom Wheeler, Justin Petrarca, Allison Schafer.