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).
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 $255 for in-house counsel and $325 for all other attorneys.
Membership benefits include:
John F. Porter, III, The Porter Law Group PC
Afrika C. Parchman, Birmingham Board of Education
Sally Smith, J.D., Alabama Association of School Boards
Jayne Harrell Williams, Esq., AASB General Counsel
Mark Boardman, Boardman Carr Petelos Watkins & Ogle PC
Susan Tudor Crowther, Alabama Department of Education
Dianne Gamble, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black
Cynthia K. Thompson, Johnston Moore & Thompson
Raymond E. Ward, Raymond Ward LLC