School Law Seminar

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

COSA will make several Dutch treat dining reservations around the city for Thursday night. Reservations will be for groups of about ten. Stay tuned for restaurants as we line them up a few weeks before the seminar.

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.

Tinker speaks on free speech in public schools

Mary Beth Tinker is a rock star among legal circles. After she spoke at COSA’s session on free speech in public schools on Friday at the School Law Seminar, she was surrounded by admirers. Audience members were hoping to get a signed black armband – a piece of history from one of the students in the seminal 1969 First Amendment student free speech case Tinker v. Des Moines.


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