The Legal Services Association (LSA) was established in 1984 to supplement the legal services available to local boards of education through education, representation and advocacy.
LSA offers periodic seminars on legal issues of importance to board and staff members. Members may send an unlimited number of participants free of charge.
LSA also sponsors a series of inservice seminars to member boards on various topics, including:
Open Meetings Act
Internet Law and the Schools
Religion in the Schools
Freedom of Speech in the Schools
Search and Seizure
Student-on-Student Sexual Harassment
LSA provides members an approved list of law firms specializing in the areas of personnel and special education. Additionally, LSA maintains a litigation support fund to help local boards financially in cases of statewide importance.
Amicus Curiae, or "friend of the court" briefs, are filed on behalf of member boards of education in cases of statewide importance. LSA also presents testimony in Annapolis and before the State Board of Education regarding the legal implications of proposed legislation or regulations.