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Legal Research Library

Looking for in-depth school law resources? Legal Research Library provides an online, searchable legal archive for board members, administrators, and school attorneys.

The Legal Research Library (LRL) is an online, searchable archive of valuable school law resources, many of which are not available anywhere else. Designed for board members, administrators, and school lawyers, the LRL includes:

  • A complete collection of TASB School Law Update Newsletters, dating back to 1988
  • Full-text decisions from the commissioner of education, dating back to 1995
  • Index of all past commissioner decisions, dating back to 1989
  • Amicus briefs filed by the TASB Legal Assistance Fund

These resources are fully searchable and conveniently organized in the LRL. 

Having access to the LRL greatly expands the usefulness of your TASB School Law Update Newsletter access. With LRL, you can read about new commissioner’s decisions summarized in the newsletter, with convenient links to the full text of the decision. If the issue addressed in that decision resurfaces months or years later, a quick search in the LRL will immediately place the newsletter summary and full-text decision at your fingertips. Additional resources are available in the LRL for members of the Texas Council of School Attorneys (CSA), including:

  • Valuable amendments to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) model construction contracts, developed by a committee of CSA members with expertise in construction law
  • Summaries of education-related bills passed by the Texas Legislature
  • Access to the TASB Legal Services’ Independent Hearing Examiners database

The subscription year for the LRL runs from July to June. There are two versions of the subscription: one for school districts and one for school attorneys.

LRL School District Rate (including in-house district counsel) for 1-3 subscribers is $600. Additional individuals can be added to the subscription at a rate of $75 per person.

LRL access is available to districts with an Active TASB Membership.

LRL All Pass for Texas Council of School Attorneys Members with Private Law Firms

In addition to the resources specifically for Texas Council of School Attorneys members listed above, CSA members with private law firms that subscribe to the LRL All Pass will receive additional resources, including:

  • Access to the TASB CSA Policy Service Governance and Management Library, including searchable online access to the Policy Reference Manual, Model Student Handbook, Model Student Code of Conduct, Policy Alerts, and the Regulations Resource Manual
  • Access to the HR Services Library, including model job descriptions, Model Employee Handbook, and the HR Exchange Newsletter

LRL All Pass rates for current CSA members are as follows:

  • 1 to 3 school attorneys: $1,500
  • 4 to 10 school attorneys: $2,950
  • 11 to 20 school attorneys: $4,300
  • 21 to 30 school attorneys: $$6,300
  • 31 to 40 school attorneys: $7,750
  • More than 40 school attorneys: $10,000

TASB’s Legal Assistance Fund supports school districts with legal challenges that have the potential to affect public schools statewide.

School Law Update Newsletter

Looking for the latest updates on school law? TASB’s School Law Update newsletter provides current information on the legal issues that impact public schools.

Membership Information

Become a Member of Texas Council of School Attorneys

Become a member to get access to training, connections, and resources necessary to help school district clients navigate complicated legal situations.

TASB Active Membership

Active Members consist of the boards of Texas public school districts and education service centers. They have voting privileges in the Association and may participate in all of TASB's services.