Council of School Attorneys
Leadership in legal advocacy for public schools...the NSBA Council of School Attorneys is a membership organization of 37 affiliate state councils, over 3,000 attorneys nationwide, who work to improve the practice of school law and prevent lawsuits against public schools.
Call for Proposals 2014 School Law Seminar
Proposals are now being accepted for consideration for sessions to be presented at the 2014 School Law Seminar, April 3-5, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. COSA members should submit proposals for consideration by June 28, 2013.
2013-2014 Pat Baker Scholarship
Applications are now being accepted. The scholarship recipient will receive a complimentary registration and travel assistance to attend the School Law Seminar held in conjunction with NSBA's Annual Conference and Exposition. All applications must be postmarked by September 1, 2013.
Save the Date for a "Music City" CLE Event! NSBA Council of School Attorneys'
2013 School Law Practice Seminar, October 10-12, Nashville, Tennessee.
Registration and program information coming soon!
Purchase COSA Archived Webinars
Topics include Accommodating Transgender Students in Schools, Tying Teacher Evaluations to Student Achievement, Investigating and Responding to Complaints of Bullying, The Affordable Care Act, School Law Boot Camp: Sexual Harassment, and Before OCR Arrives: Preventative Steps, and Types of OCR Investigations and Their Outcomes. Complimentary sessions for prior live webinar purchasers.
Strength in Numbers: School Boards Can Minimize Liability and Keep Up with Evolving Education Law by Engaging a COSA Attorney
Arizona School Boards Association, Director of Legal and Policy Services, and COSA board member, Chris Thomas explains how school boards can benefit from staying "in the middle of the herd." Thomas makes the case for school boards to remain actively engaged with their state association and with their COSA attorney.
School Shootings and Student Mental Health - What Lies Beneath the Tip of the Iceberg
Child psychiatrist Will Dikel, a nationally known consultant to school districts on addressing the mental health needs of students, suggests a mental health services model that allows schools to stay out of diagnosis and treatment, and to address the educational needs of students.
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Supreme Court Chart on Cases Affecting Schools
This chart, updated weekly, tracks the status of cases of interest to school districts as they are petitioned, granted for review, and decided in the Supreme Court.
Policies Required by Federal Law - August 2012
This chart lists federal laws and regulations that require a policy, written procedure, or form. Available in the COSA legal research database.
2012 Annual Notices
Every year, NSBA compiles a document on the annual notices required by federal law. Links that may be used in writing notices and methods to give notice where it is specified in the statute or regulation are included.
West’s News Links
Westlaw, a leading online legal research service, offers free summaries of education law decisions, updated daily.