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 $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).
Membership benefits include:
Afrika C. Parchman, Birmingham City Schools
E. Dianne Gamble, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black
Sally Smith, J.D., Alabama Association of School Boards
Jayne Harrell Williams, Esq., AASB General Counsel
Derek Atchison, The Atchison Firm
Juliana T. Dean, Alabama Department of Education
Melissa B. McKie, Bishop, Colvin, Johnson & Kent
John F. Porter, III, Porter Law Group
Cynthia K. Thompson, Thompson, Johnston, Moore & Thompson