Joy Surratt Baskin, Director

Joy became the Director of Legal Services of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) in October 2005, after working as an attorney in TASB’s Legal Services division for eight years. As director, Joy plans and oversees the activities of ten attorneys, a policy consultant, and four support staff. TASB Legal Services provides legal information through online publications, phone consultations, and live and online training for Texas public school officials, along with specialized services for education service centers and community colleges. In addition, Joy has worked with TASB’s Legal Assistance Fund for over 15 years.  Joy served as the coordinator of the Fund from 1998 to 2005, and she is now the Fund’s general counsel. 

Joy is a regular contributor to the Legal Brief column in the School Administrator magazine for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). She is also a frequent presenter on school law topics in Texas and at National School Boards Association (NSBA) events. She is a regular guest lecturer on school law and ethics at the University of Texas and Texas State University.

Joy is the Chair-Elect of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys (COSA). As a COSA officer, Joy has served as chair of the membership committee, chair of the 2017 school law seminar in Chicago, and as part of a committee to support state association counsel around the country.

In addition to the state and national councils of school attorneys, Joy is an active member of the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, including serving as Chair in 2010-11. By appointment of the Texas Supreme Court, Joy served as a member of the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families (“Children’s Commission”) Education Committee.

From 1995 to 1997, Joy was an associate in the trial department of Thompson & Knight in Dallas, Texas, where part of her responsibilities included representing public school districts.  

Joy received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, in 1992. She then attended the University of Texas School of Law, from which she received her law degree with honors in 1995.