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Our school law seminars and webinars offer invaluable professional development opportunities and CLE credit for school lawyers. These programs are presented by school law practitioners for school law practitioners and target your professional needs.

School Law Seminar

COSA’s 2024 Fall School Law Seminar will provide school lawyers with timely, valuable resources to make informed decisions for their districts. This seminar offers four afternoons of online sessions allowing attendees to customize their professional development by purchasing daily sessions on topics of interest or the entire conference. Attendees may earn up to 12 Continuing Legal Education credits including 1 hour of Ethics in most states.

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School Law Webinars

COSA presents webinars on topics of critical interest to public school districts and their legal counsel. COSA members receive discounts for these online opportunities.

COSA is dedicated to providing high-quality continuing legal education (CLE) sessions to attorneys. We established a financial hardship policy for attorneys who are unable to participate due to financial reasons but are interested in our course offerings. Please submit your request according to the guidelines noted on the Financial Hardship form and contact COSA’s Director if there are questions.

Speaking Out: How Courts are Addressing Free Speech Rights of Employees and the Public in School Districts
Wednesday, September 18, 2024
1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern)
Public school districts across the country are drawing lawsuits from employees and members of the public claiming violations of First Amendment free speech rights during the workday and at public meetings. Employees claim a right to express, or to decline to express, ideas or messages with which they disagree. Members of the public claim a right to speak more freely at public school board meetings. Suits have arisen in a number of contexts, including limitations on public comment, workplace training, email signatures, and interactions with students. The speakers will share the recent caselaw and litigation, and insights on counseling school district clients proactively in this area to balance the school district interest and the speaker’s rights. (60 minutes of CLE)

Host:  Jordan Cooper, NSBA Senior Staff Attorney

Presenters:  Greg Goheen, MVP Law, Kansas City, MO

Registration opening soon!


COSA Ethics Webinar
Legal Ethics: Artificial Intelligence and the Practice of Law
Thursday, December 5, 2024
1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern)
The headlines say it all: “More Judges, Lawyers Confront the Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence.” (Reuters, June 16, 2023). We’ll let a few lowlights of using AI in the practice of law highlight the ethical challenges to be considered for this new tool in our legal arsenal. (May qualify as 60 minutes of Ethics in most states)

Host:  Jordan Cooper, NSBA Senior Staff Attorney

Presenters:  Jim Gessford, Perry Law Firm, Lincoln, Nebraska and David Kramer, Baird Holm, LLP, Omaha, NE

Registration opening soon!










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CLE Information

COSA has implemented new CLE requirements for our webinars.

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    Live Seminars and Webinars:
    To obtain CLE credit for your participation you must

    (1) register and attend the live presentation,
    (2) complete webinar polls during the live presentation and also the post-event survey/evaluation, and
    (3) return your COSA Certificate if you are from the following states: AL, AR, DE, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, NE, NV, NM, NC, OH, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT, WA, and WV.
    ✓ COSA will verify your participation on the webinar and forward a Certificate to the participant
    ✓ COSA will collect signed certificates for our records and to report credit (required in some states)

    Recorded Webinars:
    COSA is required (in some states) to certify your viewing of a recorded webinar. We will now provide the certificate to attorneys who meet the following requirements:

    (1) Attorney must purchase and view the recorded webinar presentation.
    (2) Attorney must complete COSA’s recorded webinar evaluation and notify when completed, and
    (3) Attorney must return the signed COSA Certificate to COSA.
    ✓ COSA will verify your completion of the recorded webinar evaluation and send you a certificate for your participation
    ✓ COSA will collect signed certificates for our records and to report credit (required in some states).

    Webinar CLE Applications: COSA generally applies for Continuing Legal Education in the following states: AL, AR, GA, IL, MS, MO, NC, TN, OK, VT, and WI. We also apply in states where attorney participants are not able to self-apply for credit. These states include KS, OH, SC* and TX. COSA will apply to additional states according to those represented on the webinar registration list 45 days prior to the webinar date.

    To ensure CLE applications are submitted in your state, attorneys must register at least 45 days in advance. If registration is received less than 45 days before the webinar, the attorney may seek CLE credit as follows:(1) attorney may self-apply to his or her state and pay application and any additional fees for application review, OR (2) attorney sends notice to COSA of his or her interest in seeking CLE credit in their state(s), agrees to have COSA apply late for their state, and agrees to pay application AND late fees incurred by COSA for the late application submission.

    *Applications are impacted by the availability of materials from presenter(s).

    Contact or call (703) 838-6722 for more information.

Seminar Recordings

None available at this time. 



Webinar Recordings

Recent recordings available in the NSBA Bookstore!

Title IX Redux: How the New Regulations Change Policy and Practice in Public Schools
Thursday, June 13, 2024

Experienced COSA attorneys Linda Yoder of Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford, CT, and David Noland of Tharrington Smith in Raleigh, NC, discussed the new regulations and explained how they differ from the last round issued in 2020. They also covered key issues and questions arising as school leaders consider policy changes that may be necessary with this change in federal rules. More than 110 people registered for the webinar. 

Recording Coming Soon!

NSBA Supreme Court and National School Law Update
Wednesday, July 19, 2023

In this webinar, NSBA’s Legal Team reported the latest school law related cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2022-2023 term, and pointed to key cases coming up in the term ahead. They discussed federal court activity on "hot button" issues affecting school district policies and operations. Discussion items also covered liability, student rights, and employee rights.

Host: Sonja Trainor, Managing Director of Legal Advocacy, NSBA
Presenter: Francisco Negrón, Chief Legal Officer, NSBA, Sonja Trainor, Managing Director, Legal Advocacy; Tammy Carter and Jordan Cooper, NSBA Senior Staff Attorneys

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