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COSA Webinar: So They Asked You To Do A Presentation...

This exclusive, free session will focus on the critical components that make for an informative, relevant, and interesting presentation on legal issues. Lawyers know the law, but may not be confident in the preparation and delivery of a meaningful and helpful presentation. This session will address 1) organization; 2) the use of technology; 3) the importance of knowing your audience; and 4) the basics of good public speaking. This webinar is exclusive to COSA members and State Association staff only.

Building, Maintaining and Growing a School Law Practice Webinar

Gregory J. Guercio, COSA's Immediate Past Chair, has been a practicing school attorney for over 40 years. Starting as a sole practitioner with one school district client, he has overseen the growth of his firm to a team of 25 attorneys concentrating in the representation of school districts located in the NYC suburbs and the State Capital region. Greg will share his experiences in building, maintaining, and growing a school law practice, and strategies for competing in today's challenging environment, and that of the future.

COSA Director to discuss student data privacy at Harvard

This Wednesday, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School will be hosting a working meeting on “Emerging & Future Privacy Issues in K-12 Connected Learning.” Attending and participating in the discussion will be Sonja Trainor, Director of the Council of School Attorneys (COSA), National School Boards Association (NSBA). Ms.

Newsome v. Albemarle County School Board

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that a student who is challenging a school district’s dress code prohibiting the wearing of any apparel associated with weapons and violence is entitled to a preliminary injunction preventing the district from enforcing the code with regard to his wearing a t-shirt bearing the initials NRA and depicting three gunmen. 

NSBA Applauds Ruling in Favor of School Discretion in Maintaining Safe, Harassment-Free Learning Environments

Alexandria, Va. (April 9, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of schools’ discretion in maintaining safe, harassment-free learning environments. At stake in the case of Doe v. Board of Education of Prince George’s County was the standard by which school districts could be held liable for monetary damages under Title IX [1] in cases of alleged student-on-student harassment.

Rethinking teacher tenure

A hundred years ago, teachers could be fired for any reason: race, creed, political favoritism, marriage, pregnancy. In the 1920s, some unlucky teachers were terminated for wearing pants.

While no one wants to return to those days, many people believe that the teacher tenure pendulum has swung too far the other way, making it nearly impossible for school districts to terminate ineffective teachers.

COSA Webinar: Advising School Districts in Cloud Computing Contracts

Software as a Service (SaaS) contracts are an increasingly attractive option for school districts hoping to take advantage of the benefits of cloud-based technologies. But while the list of software for students and teachers (Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud) and enterprise solutions (MUNIS, SchoolDude) continues to grow, how can you make sure your school district's contracts keep up with the legal issues associated with these new technologies?

COSA Webinar: Copyright in the Classroom

Students and teachers are constantly using different kinds of social media today, both for personal and professional use. Students are creating work for class, but are also privately posting such works online to share with friends and family. Teachers are creating lesson plans from scratch for use in their classrooms, but are also selling them online to other educators. Some are also using commercially available materials, videos, movies, performances, etc., as part of their curricular activities.

COSA Call for Presenters

The 2015 School Law Practice Seminar Committee has issued a Call for Proposals and Speakers for Miami.  The Seminar will be held October 22-24.  Session proposals and speaker resumes are due March 30.

Richardson v. State of North Carolina (N.C. Sup. Ct.)

Privatization & School Choice: Vouchers – whether state’s private school voucher program violates state constitution

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