School Law

Oklahoma General Counsel earns COSA Distinguished Service Award

When Oklahoma superintendents are faced with a tough legal issue, they think: WWJD – what would Julie do? “They know she’ll keep them out of hot water” said Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA) Executive Director Shawn Hime.

The “Julie” he was speaking about is Julie Miller, the deputy executive director and general counsel for OSSBA. Miller received NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) Distinguished Service Award on Friday at the School Law Seminar in Philadelphia.

COSA School Law Seminar opens with Constitutional predictions

The U.S. Supreme Court shifted when Chief Justice Anthony Kennedy retired last year. What will Kennedy’s absence as a swing voter and the addition of Justice Brett Kavanaugh mean for decisions that will affect schools and education law? While no knows the answer for sure, law professor Jeffrey Rosen discussed some predictions on how the next iteration of the Roberts Court will decide.

Rosen opened NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) School Law Seminar on Thursday afternoon. He is the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center of Philadelphia.

2020 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

2020 Annual Conference Call for Proposals*
Submission Period:  April 8 – June 5, 2019  

Does your district have a success story to share?  Have your teachers, students, or administration done something extraordinary?  We want to hear about it and we want to share your best practices with your fellow school board members at NSBA’s 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago, April 4-6.

Explore Philadelphia

Shop the Reading Terminal Market: A food lovers paradise, this is America’s oldest farmers market!  Nearly seven million visited this indoor gem for the delicious sandwiches, artisanal cheese, unique desserts.

Thursday Night Dine-Arounds

On Thursday evening, you can join a popular COSA tradition by signing up for a slot at one of several Philadelphia dining spots. We’ve reserved the table – you attend, make new connections, and enjoy great food. Please select the restaurant you would like to sign up for and send your request via email to:


Airport and Travel

Headquarters Hotel:
Philadelphia 201 Hotel
(formerly the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown)
201 N 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 

Hotel Information

Navigating Student Walkouts and Mass Protests

This brief outline will help school districts identify issues and potential responses to meet the challenges arising from student mass protests. It is the appendix to Coercion, Conscience, and the First Amendment: A Legal Guide for Public Schools on the Regulation of Student and Employee Speech (1/31/2018). First Amendment Guide link

Vidal v. Nielsen (New York v. Trump) Preliminary Injunction Order

NSBA is pleased to report that a federal district court judge in New York has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction in Vidal v. Nielsen (New York v. Trump), a case in which NSBA and other national educational organizations filed an amicus brief supporting plaintiffs challenging the DACA rescission.  The judge ordered the administration to resume processing renewal requests under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program until the full case is resolved.

Davison v. Rose (4th Cir.)

Governance: Whether public office holder's private social media account constitutes a public forum for Fisrt Amendment purposes?


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