COSA SLPS Paper - Trends, Tactics, and Tentative Agreements at the Table

Paper by Lerenzo Calhoun and Douglas G. Griffin, Broward County Public Schools, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, featured at Council of School Attorneys School Law Practice Seminar 2015.

COSA SLPS Presentation - An Apple a Day & Other Tips

COSA SLPS Paper - An Apple a Day and Other Tips

This paper provides practical guidance, including “step-by-step” processes for managing the most challenging employee health issues that occur in the school setting.


COSA is grateful to the accomplished attorneys from its ranks, as well as guest speakers who graciously give their time to present our outstanding program. Thank you, faculty!

2016 School Law Practice Seminar Committee

COSA Presentation Slides Order Form

Use this form to order copies of presentation slides from the 2015 COSA School Law Practice Seminar in Miami, FL.

COSA Webinar: Food for Thought: How New Nutrition Standards Are Affecting School Operations

Take a detailed look at the most recent federal activity on child nutrition programs, and how the new standards are affecting every-day operations in school districts, including outside vendor contracts, fundraising, food trucks, and wellness policies.  We’ll start with a review of key federal actions, including The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the “Smart Snacks” regulations, and new proposed professional standards for child nutrition professionals.  NSBA lobbyist Lucy Gettman will shed some light on how those standards came to be.  Then, COSA member Dionne Tunstall Jenkins will d

Schott v. Wenk (U.S. - Petition Brief)

Liability: §1983 liability of mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect; even when (a) there is a reasonable basis to suspect abuse and (b) the report is not materially false—impermissibly chill child abuse reporting across the nation; (2) Can a First Amendment retaliation claim be maintained under Section 1983 against a statutorily mandated reporter of known or suspected child abuse when there is evidence in the record that would support a reasonable basis to suspect abuse and the report is not materially false; (3) Is a statutorily mandated reporter of known or suspected chi

COSA Webinar: Special Education Series #3 Where is the Line? Mental Health Services and FAPE

School officials are coming under increased scrutiny for providing services to students experiencing mental health concerns. As a school attorney, you need to know the legal requirements, as well as prevailing educational recommendations when it comes to providing FAPE. In this webinar, experienced special education attorneys will guide you through new standards and court interpretations for addressing mental health issues in the public school setting, and offer tips on working with local health care providers to ensure students' needs are addressed.

COSA Webinar: Special Education Series #2 Including Students with Disabilities in Statewide and Districtwide Testing Programs

Including students with disabilities in statewide and districtwide testing programs and protocols has generated challenges for teachers and students. This presentation will analyze requirements in federal law, with a discussion of IEP development, accommodations, modifications, and UDL (Universal Design for Learning). We will summarize both new requirements and current practice and case law, and provide participants with practice tips and an opportunity to raise questions for discussion. A handout will be provided with citations and practical information.


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