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December 1–3, 2021

2021 Oregon School Law Conference

The COSA, OSBA, U of O Annual Law Conference is organized as a face-to-face event on Wednesday, December 1st with a hybrid option for Thursday and Friday, December 2-3.  Participants must provide proof of vaccination (with card or on phone), wear a mask and respect social distancing. Please know that our top priority is your health.  Those choosing the virtual option will receive Zoom links the day before the conference.  Virtual links arte offered for Thursday and Friday general sessions and breakout sessions.  Thursday Small Group Discussions will not have the virtual option.

Click here to download the conference program.

Keynote Speaker:
Justin Driver is the Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law at Yale Law School - Bio

  • Keynote: Are Public Schools Becoming Constitution-Free Zones? - Race, sex, religion, crime, liberty, patriotism, equality. The Supreme Court’s treatment of these incendiary topics has indelibly shaped public education and the constitutional rights of students around the country. Professor Justin Driver of Yale Law School maintains that since the 1970s, the Supreme Court has regularly abdicated responsibility for protecting students’ rights, risking transforming public schools into Constitution-free zones. How have courts evaluated free speech, corporal punishment, strip searches, random drug tests, and transgender students accessing restrooms? Join Driver, author of the prize-winning book, "The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind," as he analyzes these pressing legal questions regarding public schools and their place in American society.
  • The Courts, the Schools, and the Constitution

Pre-Conference Sessions – December 1, 2021
8:00 to 4:00 - Equity I & II for Administrators
8:30 to 4:30 - Oregon School Law and Finance (class for out of state licensing) - Click here to register.
9:00 to 1:00 - New Principals Academy - Click here to register. (includes networking lunch)
12:00 to 1:00 - New Special Education Directors Academy - Click here to register.
1:00 to 4:00 - Student Rights and Discipline
1:00 to 4:00 - Back to Basics: Employee Discipline & Dismissal
1:00 to 4:00 - Nuts and Bolts: Special Education
1:00 to 4:00 - Legal Issues Impacting Oregon Small Schools (customized session for OSSA)

Main Conference - Thursday, December 2, 2021
8:00 to 9:15 - Keynote
9:45 to 10:45 - Breakout Sessions: Round 1
11:00 to 12:00 - Breakout Sessions: Round 2
1:15 to 2:15 - Breakout Sessions: Round 3
2:35 to 3:45 - Small Group Discussions

Main Conference - Friday, December 3, 2021
8:00 to 9:00 - Keynote
9:20 to 10:30 - Breakout Sessions: Round 4
10:50 to 12:00 - Breakout Sessions: Round 5

Oregon School Law and Finance Seminar 2021 - This is a 2-credit course which is held in conjunction with the COSA Oregon School Law Conference meets the TSPC law and finance requirements for out-of-state administrators. It is designed to provide school personnel with up-to-date information on legal and financial issues critical to Oregon schools.  Please note that additional work is required after attending the COSA Conference.  The $480 fee is for the University of Oregon academic credit.  The Law Conference on December 2-3 is a requirement to receive credit for the University of Oregon course.  Participants will need to register for both the University of Oregon class and the Law Conference as a participant for $219.  Registration available here.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Hot Topics Panel
  • No Rest for the Weary: Best Practices for Mid-Term Bargaining
  • Special Education and COVID-19 Issues
  • Collective Bargaining and Other COVID Related Personnel Issues
  • Special Education and Recovery Services
  • Mask & Vaccine Mandates from the Labor & Employment Perspective
  • Beyond COVID: Religious Accommodation in the Workplace
  • Disability Accommodations and Leave Laws in the Time of COVID
  • Helping Your Board Avoid Ethical and Elections Violations
  • Superintendent Contract Clauses and Their Impact on Continuation of Employment
  • Who’s the boss? Hint: Mostly you. The intersection of parental and school rights
  • Managing Employees in Times of Protests and Tweets
  • Handling Contentious Board Meetings
  • Staff Evaluation - Post-COVID
  • Student Social Media and Off-Campus Speech

Small Group Discussions:

  • Title II Issues in a COVID Environment
  • Elevating the Educator Workforce Through Diversity & Retention: Updates from TSPC
  • Cybersecurity
  • Tips on Handling Grievances and Avoiding Unfair Labor Practice Complaints
  • Critical Race Theory:  How to Stay Steady in the Storm
  • Documentation:  How to do it, how to keep it, who gets to see it
  • OSAA Updates
  • Employment Investigations 101
  • Title IX Issues in a COVID Environment
  • Licensure and Degree Information Session


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If you are registering someone other than yourself or need to register a group, please contact Sera Lockwood, or call the COSA office at 503-581-3141 and we will process their registrations.  Breakfast and Lunch are provided on December 2nd.  Breakfast and Grab and go....are provided on December 3rd.  Not yet a COSA member? Join now and start taking advantage of exclusive benefits that help you to enhance and ensure your success as an educational leader.  If you have any registration questions or cancellations please e-mail



Graduate Eugene
66 E 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401


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Booking Link: Graduate Eugene Booking Link - COSA Law Conference
Reservations: 844-888-4723 and reference Group: COSA Law Conference
Cutoff Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Additoinal Lodging:
Even Hotels
2133 Centennial Plaza

Valley River Inn
1000 Valley River Way
Eugene, OR 97401


The Gordon Hotel
205 East 6th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401


Click here to apply for exhibit space.