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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 Seminar


COSA’s 2024 Spring School Law Seminar

Registration is open for this annual event and COSA's accomplished practitioners will present on school board meetings, artificial intelligence in employment actions, student gender rights, AI and ethics, the national school law update, and more. . 

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COSA’s 2023 Fall School Law Seminar provided school lawyers with timely, valuable resources to make informed decisions for their districts. This seminar provided four afternoons of online sessions allowing attendees to customize their professional development by purchasing daily sessions on topics of interest or the entire conference. This event provided up to 12 Continuing Legal Education credits including 1 hour of Ethics in most states. Plese email if there are questions.


School Law Webinars

COSA presents webinars on topics of critical interest to public school districts and their legal counsel. COSA members receive discounts for these online opportunities.

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.  


Tech Tools and School Safety: Evaluating Efficacy and Risk*
NEW DATE: Wednesday
, January 17, 2024
1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

As shootings and other serious incidents make the importance of safety planning clear, school districts are considering a wide array of new tools. Facial recognition, weapons-detection, panic buttons, online monitoring, and the like may show promise as school safety tools in certain circumstances. But are the tools backed by data showing efficacy? Do they create safety and legal risk in some circumstances? A school safety expert who has testified in school safety litigation and a seasoned school law practitioner provide legal standards and practical considerations you can offer your clients considering the latest safety tools.
Presenters: Stephanie Jones, Kriha Boucek, Illinois; Kenneth Trump, National School Safety and Security Services, Ohio


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The Seven Deadly Sins: School Lawyers’ Ethical Dilemmas
Wednesday, December 6, 2023

1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Using the framework of the seven deadly sins, experienced school attorneys will explore the application of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to school lawyer ethical dilemmas. Learn what the Model Rules have to say about scenarios in which school attorneys find themselves involving fees, knowledge of another attorney’s misbehavior, social media posts, and much more. (Eligible for up to 60 minutes of Ethics in most states
Presenters: Anne Littlefield, Sarah E. Gleason, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Connecticut

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Single Webinar




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

Recordings from COSA’s 2022 Fall School Law Seminar are now available for purchase via the links below.

Day 4 - Civil Rights & Ethics

This recording features three sessions recorded live on Oct. 12, 2022: 1) Title IX Regulations: The Remix; 2) Student Privacy on Trial:  The School Attorney’s Guide to Complying with FERPA, Court Orders, and Discovery Rules During Litigation; and 3) Striving to Eliminate Bias, Discrimination, and Harassment in the Practice of School Law (ETHICS). (180 total minutes of instruction)

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Webinar Recordings

Recent recordings available in the NSBA Bookstore!

NSBA Supreme Court and National School Law Update

Wednesday, July 19, 2023
1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

In this annual webinar event, NSBA’s Legal Team will report the latest school law related cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court during the current (2022-2023) term, and point to key cases coming up in the term ahead. We’ll let you know about federal court activity on "hot button" issues affecting school district policies and operations. Discussion items will cover a variety of issues, such as liability, student rights, and employee rights.

Host: Sonja Trainor, Managing Director of Legal Advocacy, NSBA
Presenter: Francisco Negrón, Chief Legal Officer, NSBA, Sonja Trainor, Managing Director, Legal Advocacy; Tammy Carter and Jordan Cooper, NSBA Senior Staff Attorneys

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How to Guide School District Investigations into Allegations of Bullying, Harassment, Intimidation, and Hazing

Wednesday, June 21, 2023
1:00 - 2: 00 PM (Eastern)

A Title IX investigator and former Title IX coordinator and prosecutor reviews specific steps to help school districts limit harassment and bullying through appropriate policies, reporting mechanisms, investigations and prevention plans. Focusing on the importance of being trauma informed, collecting data, and establishing tailored prevention efforts, the presenter will describe the process of resolving school disciplinary matters related to bullying, harassment, intimidation and hazing from the initial report through the resolution of the matter. (60 minutes of CLE - This session was presented live at COSA’s Spring 2023 School Law Seminar. Attorneys with prior credit may not receive credit for the live webinar session).

Host: Jordan Cooper, Senior Staff Attorney, NSBA
Presenter: Betsy Smith, Director, Title IX Services, Institutional Compliance Solutions, Chattanooga, TN

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Happy Birthday, Section 504!

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Where have we been, and where are we going with Section 504? As Section 504 has evolved through case law, OCR decisions, and the like, what do we expect for Section 504’s impact on school districts and school attorneys in the 2020s? What will the pending regulatory changes bring? What do all school attorneys need to know about these changes? Participants will come away understanding the key trends in decisional law; being prepared for current expectations from OCR for school district decisions; and updated on recent regulatory proposals or changes. (60 minutes of CLE - This session was presented live at COSA’s Spring 2023 School Law Seminar. Attorneys with prior credit may not receive credit for the live webinar session).

Host:  Sonja Trainor, Managing Director, Legal Advocacy, NSBA
Presenter:  Brandon Wright, Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Monticello, IL

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Significant New Federal Guidance and Directives Impacting Schools: Students with Disabilities
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

The U.S. Department of Education has issued new guidance significantly impacting how schools must address the discipline, safety, and behavior of students with IEPs and 504 Plans. In addition, the Office for Civil Rights issued its Annual Report to President Biden highlighting issues of significance that foreshadow future enforcement on issues including students with disabilities’ accessibility and placement, “Free Appropriate Public Education” under the Section 504 regulations, and schools' responsibilities to respond to complaints during remote, hybrid and in-person learning. The presenters will cover key new directives in the guidance, highlight areas of likely enforcement activities, and offer insights on advising school clients given these developments. 

Host:  Sonja Trainor, Managing Director, Legal Advocacy, NSBA
Faculty Presenter:  Alana Leffler and Renae Aldana, Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Annual Ethics Webinar:  A House Divided: A School Attorney’s Guide to Managing a Split Board
Dec. 7, 2022

In this comprehensive review of the specific legal ethics questions that arise in school law practice, the speaker engages you in real-life school law scenarios that implicate various ethical rules. Attorneys will learn to apply the well-known rules for situations you are likely to experience, if you haven’t already. (ETHICS) (60 minutes of instruction)

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Annual Ethics Webinar: School Board Member Misconduct
Dec. 7, 2022

An experienced school attorney provided tales of board member misconduct; all based on true stories; and how to apply ethics rules in the midst of such challenges. Attorneys will come away with wise insights and legal ethics training gained through difficult experiences. (ETHICS) (60 minutes of instruction)

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