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The Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys is a component of the Alabama Association of School Boards and is exclusively for attorneys representing school boards in the state of Alabama. ACSBA provides members with the specialized information they need to keep pace with developments in education law and to protect and defend school boards.

Members meet annually to discuss relevant issues, receive legislative updates and share their knowledge of court rulings that impact local school boards. Seminar topics in the past have included personnel records, public records, tenure law, discrimination, crisis management, contracts and special education.

New members enjoy an opportunity to network and learn from seasoned school board attorneys who often present at the ACSBA summer meeting.  ACSBA applies for CLE credit to benefit seminar attendees. The National School Boards Association has under its umbrella the Council of School Attorneys (COSA).

For more information, contact ACSBA or call 800.562.0601.

Become a Member

ACSBA's membership year begins July 1.

Attorneys are eligible for membership if they represent at least one Alabama public school board. Annual membership dues are $375 for regular members, $305 for in-house attorneys and those employed by special boards, such as SDE and DYS, and $135 for past presidents of the National Council of School Attorneys (COSA).

Apply for ACSBA 2020-2021 Membership
 View the complete ACSBA 2020-2021 Membership Roster (last updated 9/3/20

Boards may reimburse attorneys for ACSBA dues (A.G.'s Opinion)

Membership benefits include:

  1. Automatic membership in the National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys
  2. A subscription to AASB's Court Report newsletter
  3. A subscription to the Students First Act database (aB@SE)
  4. NSBA's Inquiry and Analysis and other school law resources (members only)
  5. AASB's Advocate for Schools weekly update during legislative sessions
  6. The annual ACSBA Conference in June (members only) *NOTE: The 2020 ACSBA Conference has been rescheduled to Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. 

ACSBA 2020 Fall Conference - October 2, 2020

Register now for ACSBA's 2020 Fall Conference in Montgomery and online. 

View program for ACSBA 2020 Fall Conference


ACSBA Officers, 2019-2020

Melissa B. McKie, Bishop Colvin Johnson & Kent

Vice President
Dana B. Hill, Hill Hill Carter Franco Cole & Black

Sally Smith, J.D., Alabama Association of School Boards

Jayne Harrell Williams, Esq., AASB General Counsel

Board of Directors

Nash Campbell, Campbell Duke & Campbell

E. Dianne Gamble, Hill Hill Carter Franco Cole & Black

Chris Pape, Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne

Ashaunti M. Parker, Birmingham City Schools

Jason Swann, State Department of Education

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