Two school law leaders were honored for their contributions to public schools at the Council of School Attorneys (COSA) School Law Seminar in Boston. Ann L. Majestic and Susan R. Butler, CAE, were each presented with COSA’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplary leadership in legal advocacy and distinguished service to COSA.
“We are thrilled to honor Ann and Susan for their outstanding work in the field of education law and their steadfast dedication to public education,” said Patrice McCarthy, COSA’s Chair.
Majestic is partner in the Raleigh, N.C., law firm of Tharrington Smith and is a past chair of COSA and the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys. For almost 30 years, she has represented numerous North Carolina school boards, including Alamance County, Durham Public Schools, Moore County, Person County, and Wake County — the state’s largest district. She serves as outside counsel to the North Carolina School Boards Association as well. In 1998, Majestic received the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association.
“I feel very fortunate to have spent my career, working with dedicated educators and excellent colleagues supporting the work of the public schools of North Carolina,” said Majestic.
Butler, who has been NSBA’s Director of Legal Services and COSA since 1984, will retire from her post later this year to pursue a second career in fine arts. COSA officers unanimously acted to recognize Butler’s 28 years of outstanding service to COSA members prior to learning about her plans for retirement.
Under Butler’s leadership, COSA’s membership has grown from 1,800 to more than 3,000 members. Her creative management style has been instrumental in COSA taking the lead in membership service delivery through audio conferences, pay-for-download Web documents, Web streaming seminar content, social networking, and webinars.
Prior to joining NSBA, Butler earned her MBA in management from George Mason University and was Manager of Certification Programs for the American Society for Microbiology. She became a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1990. Butler began her career in 1969 as a high school English and drama teacher in the Washington, D.C., public schools.
McCarthy noted: “Susan Butler has been an invaluable resource to the Council members and leadership, a careful steward of COSA’s resources, and a champion of COSA’s many projects and activities.”
“As a former high school teacher, I know firsthand the vital role public schools play in shaping children’s lives,” Butler said. “I’m proud that through COSA, I have been able to support school boards as they carry out the nation’s most important priority—educating children.”