Council of School Attorneys

COSA HomepageLeadership 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.


2014 School Law Seminar, April 3-5, New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration open!
Register now and join your colleagues for 3 days filled with informative CLE sessions, networking  opportunities and keynote address by U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Catherine Lhamon.   
School Law Seminar Program and Registration information. 

Upcoming COSA Webinars - CLE May Be Available in Your State! 
NOTE:  all webinars will begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Defending Public School Employers in First Amendment Free Speech Cases in the Post Garcetti Era - May 7
Special Ed. #3 Litigating a Special Education Case in Federal Court: Tips and  Recent Decisions - May 14
COSA Webinar registration and more information.

How COSA Can Make Your Life Easier - FREE Webinar Recording 
COSA's popular webinar with accompanying presentation slides. Find out easy and time-saving ways to take advantage of the resources available to you as a COSA member.  

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, Before OCR Arrives, Types of OCR Investigations and Their Outcomes, Nuts and Bolts of an OCR Investigation, FERPA Inside and Out and School Videos, ACA Implementation Update and much more. Complimentary sessions for prior live webinar registrants.  
Just added -  Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse. 


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Additional Resources

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 - July 2013
This chart lists federal laws and regulations that require a policy, written procedure, or form. Available in the COSA legal research database.

2013 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.

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