Council of School Attorneys

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys: Leadership in Legal Advocacy for Public Schools

Learn how the 3000+ members of NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys stay up to date on crucial legal issues affecting public schools, collaborate with colleagues on tricky issues facing their clients, and plug into the NSBA Legal Advocacy program.

Presenters: Lester B. Johnson, III, Assistant School Board Attorney, Savannah-Chatham County Public School system, and Chair of the Georgia Council of School Attorneys, and Phillip L. Hartley, Managing Partner, Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLP, Gainesville, Georgia and General Counsel for the Georgia School Boards Association

Hamilton Cnty. Sch. Bd. v. Haslam

HCBOE's response to state's motion to dismiss school funding equity suit.

Federal Update: SCOTUS Rules on Same Sex Marriage and Other Issues Affecting Public Schools Webinar

Join NSBA General Counsel Francisco Negrón and members of the NSBA legal team for a review of key decisions from the high court during its 2015 term, including its landmark same sex marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. We'll analyze the Court's approach in several decisions affecting public schools - EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch (finding need for religious accommodation need only be a motivating factor in an employment decision) and Perez v.

COSA Call for Proposals and Presenters 2016

NSBA's Council of School Attorneys invites its members to submit proposals and presenter resumes for speaking opportunities at our 2016 School Law Seminar to be held April 7-9 in Boston. COSA’s School Law Seminar is the premiere CLE experience for school attorneys, with sessions addressing current topics of crucial importance to you and the school boards you represent. It is our chance to get up-to-date on key legal issues affecting public schools, to discuss shared challenges, and to grow as school attorneys and colleagues.

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.

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.

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys Elects New Leadership for 2015-2016

Nashville, TN (March 21, 2015) – The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA), the national network of attorneys representing K-12 public school districts whose mission is to support school attorneys and provide leadership in legal advocacy for public schools, elected new leaders and directors during its annual meeting in Nashville. The 22-member Board of Directors oversees COSA’s continuing legal education programming and working groups for its 3,000+ members across the United States and Canada


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