NSBA formed COSA in 1967 to provide information and practical assistance to attorneys who represent public school boards. Our Office of General Counsel and COSA staff provide professional and executive support and programming for our members, school attorneys, and school leaders across the United States and in our International Partner countries. COSA also supports the legal advocacy efforts of NSBA.

COSA is governed by a 22-member board of directors who are elected at the annual business meeting held each spring in conjunction with the NSBA Annual Conference and School Law Seminar. The COSA chair serves ex officio on the NSBA Board of Directors giving our members a direct link to NSBA’s leadership.

The more than 3,000 COSA members join either through one of the 38 affiliated state councils, or as an individual member in the U.S., Canada, or other NSBA International Partner country. In affiliated states, all members of the state council must be members of the NSBA Council.

The following states have affiliated state councils: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

To carry out its programming, networking, and advisory functions, COSA operates standing and ad hoc committees and working groups.

Board Nomination

Each year, COSA selects nominees for director-at-large and officer positions in the COSA Board of Directors that will become vacant at that year’s annual meeting.  Any COSA member in good standing is eligible, including school attorneys in private firms, in-house school district counsel and counsel at state school boards associations. Read more in this Invitation to Submit COSA Board Member Nominations. The Nomination Questionnaire/Form is available here.

COSA will hold its 2020 Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., just prior to the closing general session of the 2020 School Law Seminar.  Nominating materials for director-at-large positions are due on or before January 17, 2020.


Read more about COSA's mission and the rules under which it operates in their Bylaws.