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Upcoming COSA Webinars

Register below for an upcoming live webinar. For CLE you must register 45 days prior to the webinar. Click here for CLE and Cancellation Information. Click here to view recorded webinars available for purchase.  

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When you register for a COSA webinar series, you get multiple live webinars at a reduced rate. Please register early, mark your calendar, and enjoy in-depth CLE on a school law topic!

School Law Practice Webinar Series: Sexual Misconduct in the Age of #MeToo
1 of 2: Building Effective and Compliant Reporting and Response Systems under Title VII and Title IX
2 of 2: Conducting Investigations into Allegations of Sexual harassment and Misconduct in the #MeToo Era
Developing effective reporting policies for title VII and title IX and conducting effective investigations under those statutes. 

Two-part series Regular $219
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $149
State Association Counsel $79

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Special Education Webinar Series
1 of 2:  Independent Educational Evaluations:  Your Top 10 Questions Answered!
2 of 2:  Placement, Location, and Stay Put: Working Through the Legal Labyrinth When the “Where” is at Issue  
What you need to know about IDEA’s procedural requirements regarding IEE’s and placement disputes.

Two-part series Regular $219
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $149
State Association Counsel $79

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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Conducting Investigations into Allegations of Sexual harassment and Misconduct in the #MeToo Era

Webinar 2 of 2: School Law Practice Webinar Series: Sexual Misconduct in the Age of #MeToo

With the #MeToo movement has come heightened attention to sexual harassment and violence, and schools’ response to reported incidents. Schools are reviewing policies and procedures, conducting training, and responding to inquiries from their communities. Conducting an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct in this environment brings its own unique challenges. Attorneys who conduct internal investigations must uncover the truth while also maintaining the attorney-client privilege and keeping in mind the impact of any report on both community relations and future litigation. Two school attorneys with significant experience in conducting sexual misconduct investigations provide wisdom, practice tips, and a checklist.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
Host : Sonja Trainor, Managing Director, Legal Advocacy
Presenter: Holly McIntush and Sandy Hellums-Gomez, Thompson & Horton, Austin, TX

Single Webinar Regular $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association Counsel $49

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November 15, 2018
Mental Health Support for Students: The Legal Framework

Our speakers will explain and explore the current legal framework for identifying, evaluating, and supporting students in need of mental health services, in and outside of the special education context. What legal tools are available to help schools serve and refer students with mental health needs? We’ll look at this issue from new angles, including traumatic stress, threat assessment, and wrap-around services. Get insights and creative approaches from attorneys experienced in counseling school districts in their efforts to keep all students safe and supported.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
Host : Sonja Trainor, Managing Director, Legal Advocacy
Presenter: Jennifer Smith and Mary Deweese, Franczek Radelet, Chicago, IL

Single Webinar Regular $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association Counsel $49

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December 5, 2018
Uber, Lyft, and Self-Driving Cars: What School Attorneys Need to Know About the New Frontier of Student Transportation

School districts have legal responsibilities for student transportation far beyond the yellow school bus. Federal law assigns specific duties with regard to students with disabilities and students experiencing homelessness, and new issues are emerging as the gig economy supplies transportation options not available even 5 years ago. This webinar will provide an overview of the law on student transportation and practical approaches to newly-emerging issues.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
Host : Sonja Trainor, Managing Director, Legal Advocacy
Presenter: Haley E. Percell, Oregon School Boards Association, Salem, OR

Single Webinar Regular $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association Counsel $49

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Thursday, January 10, 2019, 1:00 -2:15 p.m.
Recommended Amendments to AIA Construction Contracts for Schools

Members of the Texas Association of School Boards’ COSA Construction Contract Committee go over highlights of recommended changes to the 2017 AIA Construction Contract forms. Learn about ways to protect your school client by adding significant protections to your contracts!

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
Host : Tammy Carter, Senior Staff Attorney, National School Boards Association
Presenter: Tom Myers, Brackett & Ellis, Fort Worth, TX; Richard Schellhammer, Underwood Law Firm Fort Worth, TX 

Single Webinar Regular $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association Counsel $49

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Thursday, January 31, 2019, 1:00 -2:15 p.m.
Placement, Location, and Stay Put: Working Through the Legal Labyrinth When the “Where” is at Issue

Webinar 2 of 2: Special Education Webinar Series

At the heart of many challenges involving students with disabilities is there “where”: where will services be provided? The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and its regulations provide some guidelines, but disputes often arise when the family and the school have differing views of the appropriate setting for the child. Two veterans of special education wars will review and apply the rules and case law on placement, location of services, and stay put in several factual scenarios, and offer wisdom for school attorneys seeking the best option for the child and the school.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
Host : Sonja Trainor, Managing Director, Legal Advocacy
Presenter: Chris Borreca, Thompson & Horton, Houston, TX; Michelle Eaddy, Thrun Law Firm, East Lansing, MI

Single Webinar Regular $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association Counsel $49

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 1:00 -2:15 p.m.
The School Building as Public Forum: A Caselaw and Practice Update with Questions from COSA

Student-produced posters, parent-produced church flyers, student clubs, community-group meetings at school buildings – all raise First Amendment issues and potential liability for schools, no matter which policy they adopt. Join wise school attorneys who have addressed these questions from many angles for a rapid-fire Q&A session.  We’ll draw questions you’ve been raising on NSBA Connect, and take questions before and during the webinar session.  Submit your questions any time before the webinar to Sonja Trainor (strainor@nsba.org) and join us for this lively discussion!

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
Host : Sonja Trainor, Managing Director, Legal Advocacy
Presenter: Chris Gilbert, Thompson & Horton. Houston, TX 

Single Webinar Regular $139
Council of School Attorneys Member Rate $99
State Association Counsel $49

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Webinar CLE Information

 

Please note: COSA generally applies for Continuing Legal Education in the following states: AL, AR, GA, IL, MS, MO, NC, TN, OK, VT and WI. We also apply in states where attorney participants are not able to self-apply for credit. These states include KS, OH, SC* and TX.

COSA will apply to additional states according to those represented on the webinar registration list 45 days prior to the webinar date. To ensure CLE application review in your state, attorneys must register at least 45 days in advance. If the attorney registers less than 45 days before the webinar, he or she may seek CLE credit as follows: 
(1)    attorney may self-apply to their state and pay application and any additional fees for application review, OR
(2)    attorney sends notice to COSA of his/her interest in seeking CLE credit in their state(s), agrees to have COSA apply late for their state, and agrees to pay application AND late fees incurred by COSA for the application submission.


*Applications are impacted by the availability of materials from presenter(s)

Questions? Please contact Caryn Pierce, COSA_CLE@nsba.org

 

Webinar Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing by email to COSA_Registration@nsba.org no less than 14 days prior to the start of the webinar. To provide a refund, we must have your cancellation request by close of business on that day. After that date, no refunds will be issued; however, you may transfer your registration to another participant.  The recording will be available to webinar registrants.

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