School Law Seminar

Reauthorizing ESEA

The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was a decade in the making. “Everyone knew what was wrong and not working, and that it required legislative change, but there was no political capital for the change,” says Michael Zola, NSBA’s associate executive director of federal advocacy and public policy.

Faculty and Seminar Committee

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

2018 School Law Seminar Committee

Diane Marshall-Freeman, Chair
Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP
Sacramento, CA

Joy Baskin
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX

Explore San Antonio

Steps Back in History at the Alamo: Take a short 7 min walk from the hotel to remember the Alamo. Home of the famous 1836 battle, the Alamo reminds us of William Barrett Travis’s words:  “I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country — Victory or Death.” The Alamo

Registration and Fees

Registration Fees

Tuition for school law seminar only

Fee

Council of School Attorneys Member $725
Inhouse Counsel or Government Attorney
(must be a COSA member)
$625
Non-member $885
Law Student Rate $95

Thursday Work-Alike Lunch Meetings

New to the Practice Luncheon Meeting

2016 COSA School Law Seminar Agenda

Thursday, April 7

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

NSBA Member State Association Counsel Luncheon Meeting

Host: Jim Keith, Adams and Reese, Jackson, MS

2016 COSA School Law Seminar Registration Form

This is the registration for the 2016 School Law Seminar to be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on April 7-9, 2016. 

If you cannot register for the Seminar online, you can download, fill out, and mail or fax the form.

Mail

NSBA
P.O. Box 1807
Merrifield, VA 22116-8007.

Fax

703-519-6497
Attn:School Law Seminar Registration

Religion in schools -- A matter of trust and training

Buy the fire truck before the fire – that is the advice of Charles Haynes. “Get prepared for this,” he told an audience of school attorneys. “School districts that have a trust level with their community are in the best position to avoid litigation.”

“This” is conflicts on religion in public schools – which Haynes, senior scholar and director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum, said are mostly preventable with policies, staff training, and building trust in the community.

Rethinking teacher tenure

A hundred years ago, teachers could be fired for any reason: race, creed, political favoritism, marriage, pregnancy. In the 1920s, some unlucky teachers were terminated for wearing pants.

While no one wants to return to those days, many people believe that the teacher tenure pendulum has swung too far the other way, making it nearly impossible for school districts to terminate ineffective teachers.

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