School Law Seminar

COSA honors longtime Denver school attorney for service

The National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Semple on Friday at the second day of the COSA’s School Law Seminar in Denver.

Denver is Semple’s home – he’s a founding partner of Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C. He has represented school districts in Colorado for nearly 40 years. He served on the COSA Board of Directors from 1992-2003, chairing the Board in 2000.

Toobin opens COSA Seminar with Supreme Court analysis

What will the Supreme Court be like if Judge Neil Gorsuch is confirmed?

Author, journalist, and political commentator Jeffrey Toobin opened the Council of School Attorneys (COSA) School Law Seminar on Thursday in Denver with insights into highest court in the nation.

Before he dove into an analysis of the Supreme Court, Toobin sought to dispel a myth that the Supreme Court is removed or above politics. “It is and always has been a deeply political institution,” he said.

School leaders head to the Mile High City for NSBA's Annual Conference

Nearly 6,000 public education leaders, decision makers, vendors and exhibitors from across the country are converging on Denver for the 77th Annual National School Boards Association Conference and Exposition.

The conference officially opens on Saturday, March 25, at the Colorado Convention Center and runs through Monday, March 27. This year marks NSBA’s first return to the majestic Mile High City for Annual Conference since 1963.

Dine Around San Antonio

COSA will make several Dutch treat dining reservations around the city for Thursday night. Reservations will be for groups of about ten. To reserve your dinner slot, please inquire at the COSA Registration desk (Salon I Foyer, Marriott Rivercenter).

Reauthorizing ESEA

The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was a decade in the making. “Everyone knew what was wrong and not working, and that it required legislative change, but there was no political capital for the change,” says Michael Zola, NSBA’s associate executive director of federal advocacy and public policy.

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. 

2018 School Law Seminar Committee

Diane Marshall-Freeman, Chair
Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP
Sacramento, CA

Joy Baskin
Texas Association of School Boards
Austin, TX

Explore San Antonio

Steps Back in History at the Alamo: Take a short 7 min walk from the hotel to remember the Alamo. Home of the famous 1836 battle, the Alamo reminds us of William Barrett Travis’s words:  “I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country — Victory or Death.” The Alamo

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