School Law Practice Seminar


We regret to inform you that the School Law Practice Seminar, scheduled for this week, has been cancelled due to Hurricane Michael. The National Hurricane Center places the trajectory of the hurricane over the Southeast U.S., affecting Charleston and major travel hubs. Our primary concern is the safety of our attendees, both in Charleston and traveling there.

Please be assured that we will refund all registrations fees. In addition, while we cannot guarantee return of charges incurred as a result of your hotel reservation, we will work diligently with the Francis Marion management on this matter.

We will advise as we have further information.

Thank you for your continued commitment to COSA and public schools.  We look forward to providing alternative CLE opportunities in the coming months.

2018 School Law Practice Seminar
October 11- 13, 2018
The Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street 
Charleston, SC

The NSBA Council of School Attorneys School Law Practice Seminar offers a specialized CLE experience for attorneys representing K-12 public school boards. You'll gain invaluable insights and practical advice from experienced practitioners on legal issues facing public schools.

This year, our seminar planning committee has designed a program touching on all-too-familiar themes associated with school safety and security, as well as topics you regularly address.  The opening general session will feature a panel discussion on how school attorneys are advising in the age of school shootings. Other sessions will tackle threat response & special education, cybercrime, and crisis communication. Other timely topics include the Supreme Court’s “fair share" fees decision, teacher walkouts, resegregation and diversity plans, service and therapy animals, and disparities in student discipline.  And we’ll address every-day issues like labor and employment, special education, First Amendment rights at school board meetings, FERPA, and Title IX in the era of #MeToo. Plus, NSBA Chief Legal Officer Francisco Negrón delivers his semi-annual review of school law happenings at the national level.

COSA will apply for 11+ hours of Continuing Legal Education. Please check with your jurisdiction for specific rules for live seminars.

2018 School Law Practice Seminar Program

Hear from speakers with unique school security experience in several sessions tackling the crucial conversation on school safety.

  • Barbara Myrick, Broward County Public Schools, Advising Schools in the Age of School Shootings
  • Chief Mark Keel, State Law Enforcement Division, Advising Schools in the Age of School Shootings
  • Sheriff Leon Lott, Richland County, Advising Schools in the Age of School Shootings
  • Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications, Crisis Management & Communications for Attorneys and Their Clients

Thursday sessions are a must!

Register for a concurrent work-alike group meeting Thursday:

  • State association counsel;
  • In house counsel; and
  • Attorneys new to the practice of school law.

These gatherings include lunch and require separate registration and a nominal fee. Registration is limited, so sign up as soon as possible.

Early Bird CLE sessions on Thursday afternoon will feature topics in two tracks – Students & Special Education, and Labor & Employment.  

You need not be a member to attend this extremely informative seminar.  Your seminar registration includes a COSA membership, if you are eligible. A COSA membership will provide you with future seminar and webinar discounts.

Register by August 23 for early bird discounts.  For detailed seminar information, please check out these pages:

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