Council of School Attorneys

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

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys Honors Long-Serving Counsel to Rockdale County (GA) Public Schools


Nashville, TN  (March 20, 2015) - The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA) honored a veteran school board attorney who has provided exemplary service to his school board employer and the school law community at the 2015 Annual School Law Seminar. Forrest Jack Lance received COSA’s Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of over thirty years of 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.”

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.

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

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

EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief)

Employment Discrimination: Title VII – duty to provide religious accommodation in the absence of actual notice of need for accommodation

COSA Enrollment Form 2015

Membership Information & Enrollment form

Ohio v. Clark (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief)

Legal System: Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause - teacher/school staff requirement to report suspected child abuse under state mandatory reporting law - are teachers/staff agents of law enforcement for purposes of Confrontation Clause - does a minor student's out-of-court statements to a teacher in response to teacher's concern about potential child abuse qualify as "testimonial" statements subject to the Confrontation Clause

How-to Video: Logging Into the NSBA/COSA Website

Here’s how to log on to the NSBA site to access COSA members-only content.

How-to Video: How To Search NSBA's Legal Clips

In a one-minute video, learn how to search Legal Clips’ thousands of posts with recent decisions and media reports addressing school law topics. 

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