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, 2017 through June 30, 2018. 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.

  • COSA membership is open to attorneys who are licensed to practice law and who represent a local school district. This national forum for school attorneys supports the exchange of information on the complex legal problems confronting local public schools. The Council strives to help attorneys representing public school clients by promoting preventive school law practice through timely information and practical assistance. COSA also encourages ongoing education of school attorneys by sponsoring accredited Continuing Legal Education programs. Visit the NSBA COSA home page and this website to receive up-to-date information.

  • Members will receive NSBA publications as well as the following SCSBA publications:

    • E-focus (bi-weekly electronic newsletter)
    • Daily e-clippings (including legislative updates during session)
    • Legislative Update (published bi-weekly during the SC legislative session)

    Legal alerts and information that are mailed out during the year.

  • To renew your membership, please fill out this form and return with your check payable to SC Council of School Attorneys.

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact Tiffany Richardson at 803.988.0258, 800.326.3679 or via email or Sara Smith at 803.988.0233 or via email


2017 Spring Legal Summit

The Spring Legal Summit was held Friday, April 7, at the SCSBA Training Center.

Topics included:

  • The Uniform Grant Guidance and why districts need to be concerned
  • Legislative update
  • Introduction to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Forecast of the Supreme Court on special education with Judge Gorsuch
  • Dealing with law enforcement at the school level
  • Practical tools for keeping your head while navigating a changing world

Special thanks to speakers:

Cathy Hazelwood, Esquire, SC Department of Education
Debbie Elmore, SC School Boards Association
Rachael S. Steenbergh, Esquire, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Adam J. Mandell, Esquire, Boykin & Davis, LLC
John Emerson, Esquire, Charleston County School District
Jack Pringle, Esquire, Adams and Reese, LLP