COSA honors longtime Denver school attorney for service

The National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Semple on Friday at the second day of the COSA’s School Law Seminar in Denver.

Denver is Semple’s home – he’s a founding partner of Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C. He has represented school districts in Colorado for nearly 40 years. He served on the COSA Board of Directors from 1992-2003, chairing the Board in 2000.

“He knew school law backwards and forwards,” said Dean Pickett of Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, who spoke at the awards ceremony. “He also knew how to teach school law to a room full of experienced school lawyers.”

Brent Case, one of Semple’s law partners, also spoke at the ceremony. “Martin is universally respected by clients and peers because he sees things that we miss,” he said “He gives feedback on cases that he’s not even involved in.”

“We are proud to honor Martin for his years of service to our organization, and to the school law community at large,” said Andy Sanchez, COSA’s Chair. “Martin has served COSA at all levels. He has presented at COSA seminars, authored several articles for COSA publications, and he continues offering wise counsel to our school law colleagues in his area of specialty, labor and employment.”

At the ceremony, Semple noted the honor of receiving the award in his home town and to receive it on the 50th anniversary of COSA. This is his 40th conference, he said. “COSA has been a significant professional and personal experience for me.”

At his first conference, he looked at the program and saw that every session topic was something that he needed to know about as a school lawyer. “That’s been my experience over the 40 years. In expertise and substance, we get better every year,” he said. “This is truly one of the great legal organizations in the country.”



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