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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 10/16/20

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)   

ACSBA Summer Conference - June 19 & 20, 2021


This year's ACSBA Summer Conference will take place June 19 & 20 at the Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala. NOTE: Registration is limited to a maximum of 44 attendees and is available on a first come, first served basis. 

Registration is $175 until June 11 and $200 beginning June 12. This is a members-only event. (Attorneys who expect to join July 1 may get special permission to attend.)

Officers & Board

ACSBA Officers, 2020-2021

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

Vice President
Christopher M. Pape, Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne

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

Jayne Harrell Williams, Esq., AASB General Counsel

Board of Directors

Nash Campbell, Campbell Duke & Campbell

Melissa B. McKie, Bishop Colvin Johnson & Kent

Ashaunti M. Parker, Birmingham City Schools

Jason Swann, State Department of Education

Sarah D. Young, Stone Crosby

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