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Supporting Leadership in Legal Advocacy for Public Schools


The Council of School Attorneys (COSA) supports attorneys representing K-12 public school districts and state school boards associations. The work of the Council is widely respected and a resource for school board attorneys and state association counsel across the country. 

COSA provides a national forum for the discussion of legal issues and problems encountered by school attorneys in providing legal counsel, advice, and representation to public school boards and state school boards associations. It also promotes and helps develop a closer relationship and better understanding between school attorneys and their clients, school boards, and school boards associations.


Federal Public School Law Guidebook CoverNOW AVAILABLE! NSBA Legal Desk Reference on School Law

Written by the NSBA legal team and produced in collaboration with Lexis-Nexis, The Federal Public School Law Guidebook provides an overview of federal law affecting public school operations and policy development in many areas, including civil rights, employment, special education, and more.

Written in easy-to-understand Q&A format, this new desk resource is written in plain language, with legal citations to assist school lawyers. The Guidebook benefited from thoughtful editing by COSA members and Derek Black, professor of law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. It complements state-level texts produced by NSBA member state associations, such as School Law, produced by the New York State School Boards Association, now in its 39th edition. 

The Federal Public School Law Guidebook is now available from Lexis-Nexis in hard copy (softbound) and electronic form. Order yours online at the Lexis-Nexis store. NSBA/COSA members can save 20%! Please email us at, or check your latest member newsletter for the code!


Catherine Lhamon Speaks at NSBA's COSA Fall School Law Seminar
In the video below, Catherine Lhamon, Asst. Sec. for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), speaks during COSA’s 2023 Fall School Law Seminar. Lhamon's address provided first-hand information to school lawyers about ED's perspectives on issues enforced by the Office for Civil Rights, including discrimination based on race, sex, and disability.