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Our school law seminars and webinars offer invaluable professional development opportunities and CLE credit for school lawyers. These programs are presented by school law practitioners for school law practitioners and target your professional needs.

School Law Seminars

2021 Fall School Law Seminar

Legal practice is fluid. And nothing has required school lawyers to adapt their practice more than the ongoing pandemic. The Council of Attorneys will host the annual Fall Law Seminar and provide school lawyers with timely, valuable resources to make the best decisions for their districts.

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This virtual seminar will include four afternoons of virtual sessions allowing attendees to customize their professional development by purchasing daily sessions on topics of interest or the entire conference package at a reduced rate. The seminar will cover the most pressing legal topics facing public schools, including solutions to COVID-19 challenges as schools adapt to being back fully in person.

Daily Themes:
Day 1–Student Rights
Day 2–School Operations
Day 3–Labor & Employment
Day 4–NSBA Legal Advocacy Update & Ethics

This is an excellent opportunity to earn additional CLE credits! The COSA Fall School Law Seminar will provide up to 12 credit hours, including 1 hour of Ethics.

Registration for daily options will close at 10:30 a.m. each day of the event.

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2022 Spring School Law Seminar

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The COSA Spring School Law Seminar, March 31 - April 2, 2022 in San Diego, will provide school attorneys with timely, valuable resources to make the best decisions for their districts. The seminar will offer continuing legal education and networking opportunities. More information is coming on hotel, content, and more.

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The 2021 Spring School Law Seminar|Recordings
Session recordings can be purchased in NSBA's Bookstore.  Access the daily session videos and instruction from our industry experts, by searching by theme. 

  • Day 1 — School Law and the New Administration
  • Day 2 — COVID-19, Continued
  • Day 3 — Living Online
  • Day 4 — Labor & Employment
  • Day 5 — Student Rights
  • Day 6 — Ethics & Practical Skills

School Law Webinars

COSA presents webinars on topics of critical interest to public school districts and their legal counsel. COSA members receive deep discounts for these online opportunities. Pay just one low fee — a great value for your training dollar.

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Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 
Time: 1 – 3:15 p.m. 

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Student Cellphone Searches: Legal Issues
Time: 1 – 2 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Join presenter John Janssen for a discussion of issues relating to searches of student cell phones. Learn when law enforcement may — or should — be involved, what the reasonable suspicion requirement means in practice, and strategies for responding to reports of content that might be discovered on the phones. ]

Host:  Cheryl Richardson, Director, NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys
Presenters:  John J. Janssen, Sara Leon & Associates, PLLC, Corpus Christi, TX

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Ransomware, Data Privacy and Security and other Issues in a Post-COVID World
Time: 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. (Eastern Time)

The threat to district data has never been greater and the consequences – financial, operational, and otherwise - can be dire.  Join presenter Adam Griffin for a discussion of trends that have emerged from COVID-19 related to ransomware, data privacy and security, and learn what steps you can take to minimize your clients’ risk. 

Host: Cheryl Richardson, Director, NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys
Presenters:  Adam V. Griffin, Adams & Reese Law Firm, Ridgeland, MS

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COSA is dedicated to providing high-quality continuing legal education (CLE) sessions to attorneys. We established a financial hardship policy for attorneys who are unable to participate due to financial reasons but are interested in our course offerings. Please submit your request according to the guidelines noted on the Financial Hardship form and contact COSA’s Director if there are questions.

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U.S. Supreme Court 2020-2021 Term Wrap Up and Key Title IX Litigation: Transgender Students
Recorded Live: Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM (Eastern)  
In this annual webinar event, NSBA legal staff reported the latest school law related cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court during the current (2020-2021) term, with particular emphasis on Court’s potentially landmark decision in B.L. v. Mahanoy Area School District. The session addressed whether Tinker applies to off-campus speech /expression, including online speech. Our speakers also touched on issues trending in lower federal courts, including whether and how Title IX's protections extend to transgender students.

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CLE Information

COSA has implemented new CLE requirements for our webinars.

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    Live Seminars and Webinars:
    To obtain CLE credit for your participation you must

    (1) register and attend the live presentation,
    (2) complete webinar polls during the live presentation and also the post-event survey/evaluation, and
    (3) return your COSA Certificate if you are from the following states: AL, AR, DE, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, NE, NV, NM, NC, OH, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT, WA, and WV.
    ✓ COSA will verify your participation on the webinar and forward a Certificate to the participant
    ✓ COSA will collect signed certificates for our records and to report credit (required in some states)

    Recorded Webinars:
    COSA is required (in some states) to certify your viewing of a recorded webinar. We will now provide the certificate to attorneys who meet the following requirements:

    (1) Attorney must purchase and view the recorded webinar presentation.
    (2) Attorney must complete COSA’s recorded webinar evaluation and notify when completed, and
    (3) Attorney must return the signed COSA Certificate to COSA.
    ✓ COSA will verify your completion of the recorded webinar evaluation and send you a certificate for your participation
    ✓ COSA will collect signed certificates for our records and to report credit (required in some states).

    Webinar CLE Applications: COSA generally applies for Continuing Legal Education in the following states: AL, AR, GA, IL, MS, MO, NC, TN, OK, VT, and WI. We also apply in states where attorney participants are not able to self-apply for credit. These states include KS, OH, SC* and TX. COSA will apply to additional states according to those represented on the webinar registration list 45 days prior to the webinar date.

    To ensure CLE applications are submitted in your state, attorneys must register at least 45 days in advance. If registration is received less than 45 days before the webinar, the attorney may seek CLE credit as follows:(1) attorney may self-apply to his or her state and pay application and any additional fees for application review, OR (2) attorney sends notice to COSA of his or her interest in seeking CLE credit in their state(s), agrees to have COSA apply late for their state, and agrees to pay application AND late fees incurred by COSA for the late application submission.

    *Applications are impacted by the availability of materials from presenter(s).

    Contact or call (703) 838-6722 for more information.

Seminar Recordings

Recent webinar recordings available in the NSBA Bookstore!