School Law Seminar

2020 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

2020 Annual Conference Call for Proposals*
Submission Period:  April 8 – June 5, 2019  
*Visit this page during this timeframe for access to the submission portal.

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: no later than Friday, March 22nd at 5:00 PM EASTERN.


Airport and Travel

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

Hotel Information

Faculty and Seminar Committee

COSA is grateful to the accomplished attorneys from its ranks, as well as guest speakers who graciously give their time to plan and present our outstanding program. 

COSA 2019 School Law Seminar

Joy Baskin, Texas Association of School Boards, Austin, TX

Hope Blackburn, Scarinci Hollenbeck, Lyndhurst, NJ

Vidal v. Nielsen (2d Cir.)

Equity & Discrimination: Amicus brief in support of upholding district court’s preliminary injunction barring the United States government from terminating the DACA program

Hanks Earns COSA Lifetime Achievement Award

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to James C. Hanks during the Saturday morning general session of COSA’s 2018 School Law Seminar in San Antonio.

Women face employment bias in education

Women make up the overwhelming majority of K-12 education jobs. Despite this majority, women continue to face sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and gender bias in the workplace.

Presenters Karla Schultz and Joey Moore, both of Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle law firm in Austin, Texas, spoke on the topic at a Friday general session of the Council of School Attorneys (COSA) School Law Seminar in San Antonio.

Schultz pointed out the results of a 2016 study:

• Women make up 76 percent of K‐12 teachers

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys Elects New Leadership for 2017-2018

Alexandria, Va. (March 28, 2017) — The National School Boards Association’s (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 Denver, Colorado. 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.


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