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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 $405 for regular members, $335 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).


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View the complete ACSBA 2021-2022 Membership Roster (last updated 9/29/21

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

This year's ACSBA Summer Conference took place June 19 & 20 at the Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala. ACSBA members may purchase a recording of the conference for CLE credit.



Officers & Board


ACSBA Officers, 2021-2022

PRESIDENT: Christopher M. Pape, Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne

VICE PRESIDENT: Ashaunti P. Parker, Birmingham City Schools

LIAISON: Jayne Harrell Williams, Esq., AASB General Counsel

SECRETARY-TREASURER: Sally Smith, J.D., Alabama Association of School Boards



Board of Directors

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

Nash Campbell, Adams & Reese

Sarah D. Young, Baldwin County Schools

James H. Tarbox, Marsh & Cotter

Leslie A. Allen, Resolutions in Special Education

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