NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys 2016-2017 leadership

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA), the national network of attorneys representing K-12 public school districts, elected new leaders and directors at its recent annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. COSA supports school attorneys and provides leadership in legal advocacy for public schools; its 22-member Board of Directors oversees its continuing legal education programming and working groups for its more than 3,000 members across the United States and Canada.

Andrew M. Sanchez became COSA Chair: A partner in the Albuquerque, New Mexico office of Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP, Sanchez served  on  the  staff  of  the  Office  of  General  Counsel  for  the  Central  Intelligence Agency and has represented school districts before the  U.S. Equal  Employment  Opportunity Commission and the New Mexico Human Rights Commission/ Human  Rights  Bureau. Sanchez received his law degree from The George Washington University Law School.

Pilar Sokol became Chair-elect: Sokol is the deputy general counsel of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) in Latham, New York, and is a graduate of Albany Law School. Diane Marshall-Freeman became Vice-Chair: Marshall-Freeman is a partner in the Sacramento, California, office of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP and serves as general counsel to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). She received her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Phil Hartley became Secretary: Hartley is a managing partner in the Gainesville, Georgia law firm of Harben, Hartley & Hawkins LLP, general counsel for the Georgia School Boards Association, legal advisor to the Georgia School Superintendents Association, and legal advisor to the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia Law School.

“Promoting and defending public education is a prime focus for NSBA,” said Francisco M. Negrón, Jr., NSBA’s General Counsel and Associate Executive Director, Legal Advocacy. “COSA’s new slate of officers and directors, experienced and committed law practitioners from across the country, will play a pivotal role in both strengthening and expanding our legal advocacy efforts in the coming year.”

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