The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA) honored two school board attorneys who have provided exemplary service to school board clients and the school law community at the 2014 Annual School Law Seminar. Both men are receiving the award in recognition of their long and outstanding service to public schools, the profession, and the mission of COSA to “improve the practice of school law by providing leadership in legal advocacy for public schools.”
A. Dean Pickett, Tempe Tri District Legal Counsel, Tempe, Az., and David B. Rubin, David B. Rubin, P.C., Metuchen, N.J., are the recipients of the 2014 Award for Distinguished Service.
“We are so proud to honor two pillars of the school law community. Both Dean and David provide exemplary service to school boards and students they serve, as well as the school law community as a whole” said Allison Schafer, COSA’s Chair.
Pickett has made countless contributions to the practice of school law at the state and national level. He is a founding member of the Arizona Council of School Attorneys and has been an active participant for over 30 years. He served on the COSA Board of Directors for eleven years and was chair from 2009-2010. He is the creator of the COSA School Law Boot Camp for attorneys new to the practice of school law and regularly presents at these sessions at COSA seminars.
Pickett noted, “We have seen the quality and clarity of school law practice grow dramatically in the past thirty years, in large part as a result of COSA’s – every member’s – commitment to this very special practice area, and understanding that when we do it right, we’re doing right for kids.”
Rubin is an active and energetic supporter of COSA and its mission. He served as chair from 1995-1996, currently chairs COSA’s Working Group on Cloud Computing and Student Privacy, and regularly presents on legal ethics at COSA seminars. He was selected as 2014 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law (Newark Region) and is a recipient of the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in Law’s Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. He has served as Chair of the New Jersey Bar Association Professional Responsibility and Unlawful Practice Committee, President of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys, and lecturer in education law at Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.
Rubin said, “It’s a great honor to receive this award but, even more, I’m grateful for nearly 30 years of professional collaboration and comradery I’ve enjoyed with my COSA colleagues throughout the country.”
Schafer noted: “Dean and David are model school board advocates, legal experts and true counselors who give practical advice with a dose of wisdom to their clients and colleagues. They are both really nice guys to boot, and thoughtful mentors to new school attorneys.”
Formed in 1967, the NSBA Council of School Attorneys provides information and practical assistance to attorneys who represent public school districts. It offers legal education, specialized publications, and a forum for exchange of information, and it supports the legal advocacy efforts of the National School Boards Association. For more information on COSA, visit www.nsba.org/COSA.