School Law

Lopez v. Schwarz (1st Jud. Dist. Ct. Nev.)

Privatization & Choice: Nevada Education Savings Accounts Program - unconstitutional diverting of state funding intended for public education to private schools  intended for to a free, public education - failure of state to meet its constitutional duty to provide free public education

27 Things Every School Attorney Should Know Webinar

Join a former COSA Chair and honorary “dean” of School Law for an inspirational and thought-provoking session that will be meaningful for new and seasoned school attorneys alike. Mr. Pickett guides you through fundamental principles of successful school law practice that are usually learned only through experience and mentoring.  His wisdom will help new school attorneys as they get started and will reinforce some basics for experienced practitioners. This webinar is exclusive to our COSA and State Association Counel members.

Host:                Tammy Carter

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 1863 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

Registration and Fees

Registration Fees

Tuition for school law seminar only


Council of School Attorneys Member $725
Inhouse Counsel or Government Attorney
(must be a COSA member)
Non-member $885
Law Student Rate $95

Thursday Work-Alike Lunch Meetings

New to the Practice Luncheon Meeting

U.S. Supreme Court Urged to Uphold Public Education Diversity Efforts

Alexandria, Va. (November 3, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Texas Association of School Boards Legal Assistance Fund (TASB LAF) and five other leading education groups filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), urging the Court to uphold the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision in favor of the university.

“The Court’s ruling has the potential to affect all public schools seeking to promote diversity,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “We urge the Court to uphold the precedence set by current Supreme Court standards and maintain public schools’ ability to adopt and implement diversity policies that promote educational goals.”

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (U.S. Sup. Ct. - Merits Brief 2015)

Whether the Fifth Circuit’s re-endorsement of the University of Texas at Austin’s use of racial preferences in undergraduate admissions decisions can be sustained under this Court’s decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 133 S. Ct. 2411 (2013)

2016 COSA School Law Seminar Registration Form

This is the registration for the 2016 School Law Seminar to be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on April 7-9, 2016. 

If you cannot register for the Seminar online, you can download, fill out, and mail or fax the form.


P.O. Box 1807
Merrifield, VA 22116-8007.


Attn:School Law Seminar Registration

Salazar v. South San Antonio Independent School District (5th Cir.)

Equity & Discrimination: Whether a school district may be held liable under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 for the sexual assault of a student by a school principal when the abuser was the only school official with actual knowledge of the wrongdoing


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