SCSBA Council of School Attorneys

SCSBA Council of School Attorneys (COSA) is a professional organization of the association dedicated to the advancement of education in the state. COSA’s mission consists of the following:

  • To identify and discuss legal concerns for members to assist with the practice of education law.
  • To provide a forum for the dissemination and analysis of legal information.
  • To provide members the means to participate in the legislative discussions regarding education matters before the general assembly.
  • To present continuing legal education opportunities throughout the year.

Membership consists of attorneys in private practice who represent school districts and education entities such as the state board of education, attorneys within the state department of education, attorneys employed as in-house counsel for school districts, and SCSBA staff attorneys.

To view the current COSA membership list, please click here. For more information, contact Dr. Tiffany N. Richardson.

Join today!

It’s time to renew your membership in the South Carolina and National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys. We are also accepting applications for new members. The calendar year for membership is July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Dues for the year are $280 for attorneys in private practice and $210 for in-house school district counsel (school district employees) and counsel for other government entities.


2019 Spring Legal Summit

The Spring Summit was held Friday, April 12, at the SCSBA Training Center. 

Topics included:

  • TEAM: Teachers, Employers/Employees, and Managing (Difficult Situations)
  • Emotional Intelligence for Lawyers
  • Walking into Spider Webs: Navigating Government Use of Social Media
  • The Ethics Reform Act: What Board Members Need to Know
  • The District’s Role in Addressing Bullying and Harassment
  • Legislative Update

Special thanks to speakers:

  • Ashley Story, Esquire, White & Story, LLC
  • Janet E. Rhodes, Esquire, Burnette, Shutt, & McDaniel, PA
  • Henry L. Deneen, Esquire, Murphy & Grantland, PA
  • Tara McCall, Esquire, South Carolina School Boards Association
  • Courtney M. Laster, Esquire, South Carolina State Ethics Commission 
  • Tierney Dukes, Esquire, Boykin & Davis, LLC
  • Christopher Elliott, Esquire, Boykin & Davis, LLC
  • Emily Heatwole, South Carolina Department of Education