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COSA is grateful to the accomplished attorneys from its ranks, as well as guest speakers who graciously give their time to plan and present our outstanding program. 

2017 School Law Practice Seminar Planning Committee

Joy Baskin, Chair,
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX

Andrew Manna
Church Church Hittle & Antrim
Noblesville, IN

Justin Petrarca
Scariano, Himes & Petrarca
Chicago, IL

Debra Silk
Montana School Boards Association
Helena, MT

Patti Whitten
Franczek Radelet P.C.
Chicago, IL

Mike Smith
Lozano Smith
Fresno, CA

Jim Keith
Adams & Reese Law Firm
Jackson, MS

Jim Walsh
Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle PC
Austin, TX

Pilar Sokol
New York State School Boards Association
Latham, NY

Stephanie Jones
Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP
O Fallon, IL

Diane Marshall-Freeman
Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP
Sacramento, CA

Maryam Brotine
Illinois Association of School Boards
Lombard, IL

Kimberly Small
Illinois Association of School Boards
Lombard, IL

Andy Sanchez, Officer Liaison
Cuddy McCarthy, LLP
Albuquerque, NM

Faculty

MICHELLE BASI
Tueth Keeney Cooper Moham & Jackstadt
St. Louis, MO

RANDALL BENNETT
Tennessee School Board Association
Nashville, TN

JENNIFER DEUTCH
Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn
Arlington Heights, IL

KARLIE DUNSKY
Franczek Radelet
Chicago, IL

AMBER ELIAS
Denver Public Schools
Denver, CO

LISA FREILEY
Southern Oregon Education Service District
Medford, OR

JOHN HOOKS
Adams and Reece
Jackson, MS

CANDICE JACKSON
Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,
U.S Department of Education
Washington, D.C.

STEPHANIE JONES
Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn
Arlington Heights, IL

JIM KEITH
Adams and Reece
Jackson, MS

MARY KAY KLIMESH
Seyfarth Shaw
Chicago, IL

DARCY KRIHA
Franczek Radelet
Chicago, IL

ANDREW A. MANNA
Church Church Hittle & Antrim
Noblesville, IN

AMY MATTHEWS
Church Church Hittle & Antrim
Noblesville, IN

KATHERINE NASH
Tueth Keeney Cooper Moham & Jackstadt
St. Louis, MO

FRANCISCO NEGRON
NSBA
Alexandria, VA

SARAH ORMAN
Texas School Boards Association
Austin, TX

DAVID RUBIN
David B. Rubin, Attorney at Law
Metuchen, NJ

ANDY SANCHEZ
Cuddy & McCarthy
Albuquerque, NM

TEJAS SHAH
Franczek Radelet
Chicago, IL

LENORE SILVERMAN
Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
Sacramento, CA

CYNTHIA SMITH 
FAGEN FRIEDMAN 
FULFROST
Sacramento, CA

JENNIFER SMITH
Franczek Radelet
Chicago, IL

KATHLEEN STYLES
Chief Privacy officer, U.S. Dept. of Education
Washington, D.C.

MARC TERRY
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee,
Westborough, MA

JIM WALSH
Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle PC
Austin, TX

TOM WHEELER
Former Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights
Washington, D.C.

MARK WILLIAMS
Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP
Oakland, CA

 

Discussion Leaders and Hosts

MELISSA BARBER
Boulder Valley School District
Boulder, CO

LISA CARBONA
Palm Beach County School District
West Palm Beach, FL

GREG GUERCIO
Guercio & Guercio
Farmingdale, NY

JAYNE HARRELL WILLIAMS
Alabama Association of School Boards
Montgomery, AL

PHIL HARTLEY
Harben, Hartley & Hawkins
Gainesville, GA

MIKE JULKA
Boardman & Clark
Madison, WI

KATHY MEHFOUD
Reed Smith
Richmond, VA

TIFFANY RICHARDSON
South Carolina School Boards Association
Columbia, SC

ALLISON SCHAFER
North Carolina School Boards Association
Raleigh, NC

JOE SCHOLLER
Frost Brown Todd
West Chester, OH

JAMES THOMECZEK
Thomeczek & Brink
St. Louis, MO

RON WENKART
Orange County Department of Education
Costa Mesa, CA

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