CCSA membership is limited to attorneys representing CSBA or Community College League of CA (CCLC) member districts on a regular basis or who manifest a genuine interest in, and sympathy with, the purposes of the Council.
Some of the many ways that CCSA enhances the professional life of its members include:
- Collegiality: CCSA promotes and fosters one of the most collegial bars in California. A member-run, non-profit organization, CCSA relies primarily on the expertise and good will of its members to function. CCSA operates on the premise that we are individually most successful when we all shine. CCSA members enjoy sharing their expertise and being affiliated with a bar that values integrity and collaboration.
- Quality CLE-Approved Programs: CCSA programs ensure that participants receive information and materials that are current, designed for lawyers, and tailored to the practice of school law. Each of our workshops provides a combination of plenary sessions on matters of general interest to school attorneys, and break-out sessions that cover areas of specialized expertise such as special education, charter schools, facilities and labor relations. Participants are asked to submit evaluations and suggestions which are utilized in planning future conferences.
- Easy and Economical MCLE Compliance: CCSA makes CLE/MCLE compliance easy and economical through programs that are also directly relevant to school law attorneys. Through four full-day workshops per year, that alternate between north and south, CCSA offers CLE hours you need with three of the workshops providing the required MCLE compliance—Ethics, Substance Abuse and Elimination of Bias in the legal profession. Our September and May workshops alternate between southern and northern California. We hold our annual two-day meeting each December, in conjunction with CSBA’s Annual Education Conference —which alternates between San Diego and San Francisco.
- Networking: Attending CCSA workshops offers a great way to meet others in your fields of practice, or areas where you would like to develop. CCSA welcomes, and designs programs for, seasoned experts and those new to school law. It also offers a way to share your knowledge—both with your school law colleagues and your clients. CCSA sponsors a full day workshop each year at CSBA's Annual Education Preconference - Legal Symposium for Experienced Board Members. All active CCSA members are invited to submit proposals to present at the workshop.
- Outreach to future school lawyers: We believe in promoting the value of education law as an important and growing practice area and the source of satisfying career options. Among other things, we typically hold at least one workshop each year at a university with a law school and encourage law students to attend.
- Access to COSA Membership and Resources: Regular and In-House Counsel members also enjoy the privileges of membership in the national COSA, including subscription to the publication Inquiry and Analysis, membership in a nationwide e-mail group that discusses school law issues, discounts on publications and seminars, and networking nationally with school law colleagues.
Membership is on an individual basis on three different levels:
- Regular Membership - includes COSA membership - $250
- In-House Counsel Membership - includes COSA membership - $170
- Associate Membership - does not include COSA. For each Regular or In House Counsel membership, five Associate members may join - $140
To join CCSA now, please download the Membership Form
, fill it out completely and send it in. If paying by credit card,
please do not email it
. Either mail it in or fax it using our secure fax line (916) 669-3265.
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