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G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit order denying Gloucester County School Board's motion to stay the Fourth Circuit panel's mandate pending the board filing a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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NSBA's Council of School Attorneys honors Nancy Fredman Krent with Lifetime Achievement Award

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) honored Nancy Fredman Krent with the 2016 COSA Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her outstanding service to public schools, the profession, and the mission of COSA to “improve the practice of school law … by providing leadership in legal advocacy for public schools.”

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys Honors Nancy Fredman Krent with Lifetime Achievement Award

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) honored Nancy Fredman Krent with the 2016 COSA Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her outstanding service to public schools, the profession, and the mission of COSA to “improve the practice of school law … by providing leadership in legal advocacy for public schools.”

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.

Reauthorizing ESEA

The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was a decade in the making. “Everyone knew what was wrong and not working, and that it required legislative change, but there was no political capital for the change,” says Michael Zola, NSBA’s associate executive director of federal advocacy and public policy.

School boards and the First Amendment

School board members and their First Amendment rights was the topic of a Friday session at the Council of School Attorneys (COSA) School Law Seminar, held in conjunction with NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston.

The session was presented by Karla Schultz of Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo, & Kyle, PC, in Austin, Texas, and Mark Tilley of the Texas Association of School Boards, also in Austin.

Both presenters used case law as examples of what school board members, as elected official and private citizens, can and cannot do under their right to free speech.

Video surveillance and the law

Is Big Brother watching you? In a session that invoked George Orwell’s famous treatise on the government and privacy, panelists discusses the legal ramifications of video surveillance in schools.

The Friday session was part of the Council of School Attorneys (COSA) School Law Seminar, held in conjunction with NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston.

The panel included Kathleen Styles, chief privacy officer with the U.S. Department of Education. Also on the panel were two lawyers with the Union County Public Schools in Monroe, North Carolina: Michele Morris and Deborah Smith.

Ethics and the Life of a Lawyer Webinar

A legal career has a distinct life cycle, from newly hatched associate, through growing practitioner, then "adult" partner, and ending as distinguished retiree. Different ethical matters take center stage at different times in this cycle, and this presentation will examine a few of those issues, starting with issues of competence and zealous representation as a young lawyer, through the concerns with marketing and advertising as one's practice develops, and ending with some of the common issues relating to closing down a practice.

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