To The Members of the School Law Section:
Greetings School Law Section Members! The beginning of a new decade will surely bring new challenges to the school law bar that will require us to provide creative solutions for our clients. During the coming decade, we can anticipate that there will be federal and state initiatives to reform education, especially at the K-12 level. In addition to the traditional school law issues that we must address, it will be incumbent on us to be prepared to address the legal implications of these reform initiatives.
The strengths of this organization are that it serves as (1) a vehicle to provide quality programming through the summer retreat and our participation in planning the University of Texas School Law Conference (“UT Conference”); (2) a mechanism to share information through the newsletter and other communications; and (3) a conduit for networking opportunities for our membership. In that vein, it was great to be with all of you who attended the 2009 School Law Retreat at the Hill Country Hyatt in Austin last summer. Congratulations to Miles Bradshaw, Immediate Past Chair, and the 2008-2009 officers for planning a fantastic retreat. I have personally grown as a member of CSA as a result of Miles’ leadership.
Planning is well underway for the 2010 School Law Retreat, which will return to the Hill Country Hyatt location. Based on feedback received, the new location was a big hit with members, family and friends! If you have any new suggestions for our social events, i.e. the Friday night dinner and the golf tournament, please send me an e-mail and let me know.
I would also like to extend a big “Texas thank you” to Leticia McGowan for her efforts to ensure that the newsletter provides relevant and timely information. The newsletter serves as valuable resource for our members. We all appreciate the dedication Leticia provides in bringing us this information. I know that Allan Graves our new co-editor will be a valuable partner to Leticia. If you have ideas for articles that you would like to submit, please do not hesitate to contact either Leticia at email@example.com or Allan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am excited to serve as your Section Chair this year and I look forward to collaborating with you in making this a successful term. If you have any ideas and/or suggestions, please feel free to send an e-mail to me at email@example.com.
Elneita Hutchins-Taylor Section Chair 2009-2010