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 Seminars

School Law Seminars are held twice a year in the spring and fall. The spring School Law Seminar is held in conjunction with NSBA’s Annual Conference and draws hundreds of school attorneys from across North America. In the fall, the School Law Practice Seminar dives deep into complex, practice-related issues. Participants can earn 11-plus hours of CLE credit at each seminar. Filing CLE credit and assuring approval in your state is an integral part of our seminar program.

School Law Webinars

COSA presents webinars on topics of critical interest to public school districts and their legal counsel. COSA members receive deep discounts for these online opportunities. Pay just one low fee -- a great value for your training dollar.

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 the webinar 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 COSA_Registration@nsba.org 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 COSA_Registration@nsba.org or call (703) 838-6722 for more information.

Upcoming Webinars

  • Live Webinar Bundle: Mental Health | Wednesday, April 22

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    Hot Topics in Student Mental and Physical Health
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    Learn how state and federal laws are addressing student mental health in order to improve school safety, including best practices for threat assessment and student privacy. Understand when a student's mental health condition may rise to the level of a disability that the district may need to address under IDEA or Section 504. Get up-to-date on trending health issues, including epi-pens, opioid antagonists, immunizations, and CBD oil in schools.

    Presenters: Sarah Orman and Jasmine Wightman, Texas Association of School Boards, Austin, TX

    Mental Health and Employee Attendance
    2:10 – 3:10 p.m. (Eastern)
    The topic of employee mental health issues and how to manage their impact on the operation of schools has become more prevalent alongside discussions on the mental health needs of students and society in general. They can affect staff performance, attendance and relations within the school community, as well as expose schools to potential liability. This presentation will help school attorneys better understand the legal and practical issues involved and provide a practical perspective on potential approaches to addressing such issues.

    Presenters: Beth A. Bourassa, Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, LLP, Albany, NY; and Andrew J. Freedman, Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP, Buffalo, NY

    Work/Life Balance: The Perspective of a Veteran School Lawyer
    3:20 – 4:20 p.m. (Eastern)
    All of us strive for a satisfying professional life along with meaningful and loving relationships with family and friends. How to achieve both in a high stress environment? Lawyers are particularly susceptible to depression, substance abuse and similar problems. In this session, a school lawyer with over 40 years of experience shares his experience and insights into how a happy and sustainable balance can be achieved.

    Presenter: Jim Walsh, Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Russo, PC, Austin, TX

  • Live Webinar Bundle: Hot Topics | Wednesday, April 29

    Wednesday, April 29, 2020

    A Fractal Approach to Speech in an Election Year
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    Similar conversations about political speech take place each election year: school employees, students, and board members repeat speech that is shared by politicians and leaders of political organizations; some of which may be controversial or offensive. This session will review how to handle First Amendment issues and OCR’s First Amendment principles as we approach the current election year.

    Presenters: Phil Hartley, Faye Maison, and Hieu Nguyen, Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLP, Gainesville, GA

    Fair and Balanced: Objective Investigations Under the “New” Title IX
    2:10 – 3:10 p.m. (Eastern)
    Using real-life, hands-on scenarios, this session will cover the necessary components of an impartial Title IX investigation, including requirements under regulations currently in effect and recent OCR decisions and case law. Participants will leave with a checklist to be used in investigations to mitigate complaints of prejudice.

    Presenters: Amy Kosanovich Dickerson and Emily Tulloch, Franczek P.C., Chicago, IL

    Oh, The Places You’ll Get Sued: Examining a School District’s Liability in After-Hour and Off-Campus Situations
    3:20 – 4:20 p.m. (Eastern)
    Schools can face liability for incidents that occur far away from the school property, long after the school day or school year is over. We explore the hidden liabilities most school boards don't think about: field trips, before- and after-school care, social media posts, renting school facilities to outside groups, and athletic coaches holding their own clinics.

    Presenters: Jessica Heiser and Andrew Manna, Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim, Noblesville, IN

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Regular (Non-Member)  COSA Member  State Association 
Single Webinar $139  $99  $49 
Bundle (3 webinars)  $300  $210  $120