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COSA Board of Directors Nominations Now Open!

Each year, the Council of School Attorneys of the National School Boards Association elects nominees for director-at-large and officer positions in the COSA Board of Directors that will become vacant at that year’s annual meeting. Any COSA member in good standing is eligible, including school attorneys in private firms, in-house school district counsel and counsel at state school boards associations. The COSA Bylaws charge COSA’s Nominating Committee with the selection of a slate of nominees. As part of that effort, the Committee welcomes recommendations for potential candidates for director-at-large positions. Therefore, it takes this opportunity to encourage and invite you to submit candidates you think the Committee may wish to consider in its selection of director-at-large nominees, including yourself.

COSA will hold its 2019 Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., just prior to the closing general session of the 2019 School Law Seminar. Nominating materials for director-at-large positions are due on or before January 4, 2019.

Your assistance in identifying potential candidates is valuable to the Nominating Committee. Please complete and submit the accompanying Questionnaire and other indicated materials when making your recommendation(s). The Committee encourages the nomination of candidates from diverse backgrounds in an effort to ensure that the Board is indeed reflective of COSA’s members, including their geography, ethnicity, scope of practice, and varied professional interests and concerns.

Please review the following vital information.

 

COSA Awards Nominations Now Open!

Each year, COSA considers nominations for two membership awards:  Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement. The COSA Award for DISTINGUISHED SERVICE is given annually to recognize a COSA member who has provided exemplary leadership and/or distinguished service in support of the COSA mission. The COSA Award for Distinguished Service will be presented each year at the annual School Law Seminar. The COSA Award for LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT is given periodically to recognize a person who has provided exemplary leadership and distinguished service in support of the COSA mission over an extended period of time. An individual considered for this award must have been a member of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys for at least 10 years by the date of nomination. The COSA Award for Lifetime Achievement will be selected periodically and presented at the annual School Law Seminar.

COSA members are encouraged to review the Award Fact Sheet and Nomination Form, and to submit materials by Friday, November 2. 

COSA Award Fact Sheet and Nomination Form

 

Now Accepting Applications for the KASB/NSBA Pat Baker Scholarship

COSA is pleased to offer its members the opportunity to apply for the Pat Baker Scholarship. Patricia E. Baker (1947-2009) served as staff attorney, senior legal counsel and associate executive director/general counsel of the Kansas Association of School Boards for 30 years. She was a champion for public education and a driving force behind the development of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys where she served on the board for 11 years and as chair in 1989-90. To honor Pat’s legacy and her contributions to the field of education law, the KASB asked the NSBA Council of School Attorneys (COSA) to partner with them to administer an annual scholarship in Pat’s name. The scholarship allows a member of COSA (who could not normally attend due to financial hardship) to attend the annual School Law Seminar. The scholarship fund was started with a generous endowment from KASB, the Baker family and COSA members.

The scholarship winner will be known as the “Baker Fellow” in the year that he or she receives the award and will receive a complimentary registration and travel assistance to attend the School Law Seminar held in conjunction with NSBA’s Annual Conference.

Click here for more information on Pat Baker and the scholarship named for her.

Baker Scholarship Guidelines and Application

Thank You COSA Members!

Members of the Council of School Attorneys generously volunteer their time and expertise to strengthen the school law community. Thanks to the following COSA members for their valuable contributions!

Mike Julka and Tess O’Brien, Boardman & Clark, Madison, WI wrote “Safe and Healthy Environments:  Federal Laws Attempt to Address Student Health Issues,” published in the December, 2017 issue of the American School Board Journal.             

Melissa Barber, Boulder Valley Public Schools, CO wrote “Risky Business:  School Leaders Can Take a Systemic Approach to Risk Management,” published in the March/April, 2018 issue of the American School Board Journal.

Melissa Kern, Frost Brown Todd, Cincinnati, OH wrote “Privacy Concerns:  Federal Laws Govern How Student Data Must Be Protected,” published in the May/June, 2018 issue of the American School Board Journal.

Many outstanding COSA members planned, presented, and served as hosts for the 2018 School Law Seminar in San Antonio, Texas.  Thank you for making it happen! 

Faculty
KATIE ANDERSON
Strasburger & Price

JOE BALL
Texas Association of School Boards

JOY BASKIN
Texas Association of School Boards

SHAWNTOYIA BERNARD
School District of Palm Beach County

KIM BISHOP
Oklahoma State School Boards Association
LISA BROWN
Thompson & Horton LLP

NAMITA BROWN
Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP

NORMA CANTU
University of Texas Law School

SARA CLARK
Ohio School Boards Association

JUAN CRUZ
J. Cruz & Associates, LLC

WINNIE DOMINGUEZ
Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle PC

SEAN FAHEY
School District of Palm Beach County

DAVID GARNER
Osborn Maledon, P.A.

ERIN GILSBACH
King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul

WAYNE HAGLUND
Haglund Law Firm, P.C.

DAVID G. HINOJOSA
Intercultural Development Research Association

RACHEL HITCH
Schwartz & Shaw, P.L.L.C.

JINA JONEN
Oregon School District (WI)

STEPHANIE MATHER
Oklahoma State School Boards Association

BRANDON MCPHERSON
Schwartz & Shaw, P.L.L.C.

JULIE MILLER
Oklahoma State School Boards Association

JOEY MOORE
Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.

THOMAS MYERS
Brackett & Ellis

FRANCISCO NEGRÓN, JR.
National School Boards Association

KIRK ORDOYNE
Texas Association of School Boards

SARAH ORMAN
Texas Association of School Boards

HOLLY ORTIZ
Semple Farrington & Everall, P.C.

JOLLEE PATTERSON
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

JULIEANN RICO
School District of Palm Beach County

RICHARD SCHELLHAMMER
Underwood Law Firm, P.C.

KARLA SCHULTZ
Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle PC

LYNN ROSSI SCOTT
Brackett & Ellis

JESSICA SHERRILL
Oklahoma State School Boards Association

SLOAN SIMMONS
Lozano Smith

LEE SIMPSON
Dallas Independent School District

MICHAEL E. SMITH
Lozano Smith

MELISSA THIEL COLLAR
Green Bay Area Public Schools (WI)

ROONEY VIRGIN
Oklahoma State School Boards Association

MARK WILLIAMS
Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP

Hosts and Discussion Leaders
MELISSA BARBER
Boulder Valley School District

JOY BASKIN
Texas Association of School Boards

RANDALL BENNETT
Tennessee School Boards Association

KENYATTA BRAGGS
Brackett & Ellis

FLOYD DUGAS
Berchem Moses

LISA FREILEY
Southern Oregon ESD

PHIL HARTLEY
Harben, Hartley & Hawkins

MIKE JULKA
Boardman & Clark

JIM KEITH
Adams and Reese

DIANE MARSHALL-FREEMAN
Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost

TIFFANY RICHARDSON
South Carolina School Boards Association

JOE SCHOLLER
Frost Brown Todd

KARLA SCHULTZ
Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle PC

PILAR SOKOL
New York State School Boards Association

ANDREW MANNA
Church Church Hittle & Antrim

JULIE MILLER
Oklahoma State School Boards Association

DEBRA SILK
Montana School Boards Association

MARC TERRY
Mirick O’Connell

JIM THOMECZEK
Thomeczek & Brink

JIM WALSH
Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle PC

RON WENKART
Orange County Department of Education

Seminar Planning Committee
DIANE MARSHALL-FREEMAN, Chair
Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP

KATHY MEHFOUD
Reed Smith L.L.P.

JULIE MILLER
Oklahoma State School Boards Association

RANDALL BENNETT
Tennessee School Boards Association

MIKE JULKA
Boardman & Clark LLP

LISA FREILEY
Southern Oregon ESD

JOY BASKIN
Texas Association of School Boards

JIM THOMECZEK
Thomeczek and Brink, LLC

JOE SCHOLLER
Frost Brown Todd LLC

PHIL HARTLEY
Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLP

KARLA SCHULTZ
Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle PC

PILAR SOKOL, officer liaison
New York State School Boards Association

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