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Council of School Attorneys (COSA)

Supporting Leadership in Legal Advocacy for Public Schools

The Council of School Attorneys (COSA) provides information and practical assistance to more than 3,000 attorneys representing K-12 public school districts and state school boards associations.

Our mission is to support school attorneys in their representation of public school boards by providing leadership in legal advocacy for public schools. We encourage professional development and closer relationships between school attorneys and their school board clients through continuing education, online publications, writing and advocacy opportunities, and discussion forums.

COSA Priorities

Please read a letter to the COSA membership from Justin Petrarca, our 2015-2016 COSA Chair, as he welcomes you to a new year of COSA programming. In it, he outlines new opportunities available to members, COSA's support of legislative, legal and public advocacy efforts, and strengthening COSA’s role as the support structure for school attorneys who advocate on the ground for public schools every day.  Read more

What's Inside

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Inquiry & Analysis

Our members receive our monthly Inquiry & Analysis newsletter with in-depth issue discussions, information on legal seminars, and important action alerts.

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School Law Jobs

School Law Jobs

View our list of the latest school law job openings across the nation.

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School Law Seminars and Webinars

School Law Seminars and Webinars

We offer school law webinars and live seminars for practicing attorneys throughout the year. Sign up for one today. CLE may be available in your state.  Contact Laura Kisthardt at lkisthardt@nsba.org for more information on CLE.

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Member Benefits and Resources

Member Benefits and Resources

Our members receive timely online resources, including Legal Clips, Federal Regulations and Resources, and Inquiry and Analysis; network with other legal professional school attorneys through NSBA Connect; and have access to NSBA’s vast library of school law articles.

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Governance

How COSA Works

COSA is governed by a 22-member board of directors elected during its annual business meeting at the spring School Law Seminar. The COSA chair serves ex officio on the NSBA Board of Directors.

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What School Lawyers Do

What School Lawyers Do

School lawyers wear many hats. They help school boards follow the web of state and federal regulations and avoid costly litigation, and represent boards when litigation is necessary.

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NSBA Connect

NSBA Connect: COSA Community

Find a treasure trove of school attorney conversations addressing your topic using NSBAConnect. Use this school attorney discussion forum to exchange advice, strategies, thoughts, and documents. All discussions and written resources are searchable.

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