COSA School Law Practice Seminar

October 17-19, 2019 | Santa Fe, New Mexico

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The NSBA Council of School Attorneys School Law Practice Seminar offers a specialized CLE experience for attorneys representing K-12 public school boards. You'll gain invaluable insights and practical advice from experienced practitioners on legal issues facing public schools.

Conference Registration Fees

  Before August 31 August 31 and After
Regular non-member  $865 $950 
COSA/NSBA National Connection Member $675  $750 
NSBA State Association/International Connection Member  $495  $550
COSA Member In-house Counsel/Government Attorney  $585  $650 
Law Student $95  $95 
Guest  $65  $65 

For registration questions, inquiries and requests for refunds contact us at Requests for refunds must be made in writing before September 25 and will be subject to a $75 cancellation fee per registration. No refunds will be honored after September 25, 2019.

Schedule at a Glance

9:00 a.m.  - 1:30 p.m. Work-Alike Luncheon Meeting, State Association Counsel*
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Work-Alike Luncheon Meeting, In House Counsel*
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Early Bird Workshops
  #1 Students
  #2 Labor & Employment
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Early Bird Workshops
  #1 Students
  #2 Labor & Employment
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Refreshments & Networking
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Opening General Session
7:00 p.m. COSA Dine Around Santa Fe


*Separate registration required

7:30 a.m. -  8:15 a.m. Breakfast Discussion
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. General Session
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. General Session
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. General Session
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. New to the Practice Luncheon*
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch Discussion Forum*
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Session
  #1 Mental health
  #2 Equity & civil rights
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Session
  #1 Mental health
  #2 Equity & civil rights
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Session
  #1 Mental health
  #2 Equity & civil rights
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. School Law Practice Reception


*Separate registration required

7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.  Committee Breakfast Meetings 
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  General Session
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. General Session
 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. General Session

Travel & Housing

  • Travel Information

    Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF) is serviced by both American and United Airlines.  Daily flights from Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, and Phoenix are available.  In light traffic, the estimated travel time to the Eldorado Hotel is approximately 20 minutes. Click here for ground transportation options.

    Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ), with the most flight options, is about 64 miles from Santa Fe. In light traffic, the trip will take 60-75 minutes to reach the Eldorado Hotel.  Many ground transportation options exist, and you can learn more about them here.

    Train: The NM Rail Runner Express offers train service between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, with shuttle service between the airport and Rail Runner Stations. Specifics can be found at the Rio Metro Regional Transit District’s website, here

    Taxi and Car Service: There are multiple taxi and car service options for both Santa Fe, and Albuquerque airports.  More information can be found here (for Santa Fe) and here (for Albuquerque).

    Sandia Shuttle Express: Provides scheduled airport pickups with 32 hours notice at  (800) 775 – 5696 or (505) 474 – 5696. Shuttle picks up and drops off at 269 W. Water St. (Water and Sandoval St.).

    RoadRunneR Shuttle and Charter: Provides scheduled airport shuttle services ($16 - 20 per person) and private car transports ($60 for up to 2 persons), both with 32 hours notice. Customer service available 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at (505) 424-3367. Rush hour and Overnight fees may apply.

  • Housing

    Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa, 309 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501


    Special Rates for COSA SLPS registrants: Single/double: $245+: $25 resort fee per room/per day and 8.4375% sales tax. The resort fee includes includes Wi-Fi, valet parking, USA Today newspapers in lobby, access to the fitness center, access to the heated pool and hot tub, and in-room bottled water and Keurig coffee/tea stations. Room rate offered one day before and after the School Law Practice Seminar dates through October 20, 2019, subject to availability.

    Booking Your Room: The confirmation email you receive after registering for the seminar will include a link to reserve your hotel room at the School Law Seminar Practice rate. Reservations must be guaranteed with a first night deposit payment by major credit card guarantee or a check in the amount of the first night’s stay. Deposits are refundable if notice is received at least 3 days prior to arrival and cancellation number is obtained.

    Parking at the Eldorado: Overnight guest parking is included in the resort fee of $25.  The rate for daytime parking is $15 per day.  Parking for guests of the restaurant, lounge, club or spa is free for 2 hours.