Our Mission

Committed to Increasing Your Legal Literacy

Committed to Increasing Your Legal Literacy


Education Law Association is the premier forum for all professionals in education who are interested in practical knowledge, scholarship, and interdisciplinary dialogue about legal and policy issues affecting education. 

We are a US-based, nonprofit member association offering unbiased information to its professional members about current legal issues affecting education and the rights of those involved in education in both public and private K-12 schools, universities and colleges. For education professionals and legal advocates on behalf of educational institutions and individual clients, ELA remains an indispensable resource.

The Education Law Association is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional advice and assumes no responsibility for the statements and opinions by any of its contributing authors or editors. If you have any questions about the application of issues raised herein to your present situation, seek the advice of a competent attorney or professional.

Our members include practicing attorneys; education law professors; education faculty; school board members; public/private school administrators and teachers; staff members of state and federal education agencies and professional associations; law librarians; and students.

Together, by presenting pertinent legal information our community strives to anticipate trends in education law and support scholarly research. Our reporting, through a vast network of volunteers, provides information on case law and legislation in myriad formats, allowing members to make legally solid and confident decisions in policy and action. We accomplish this through the highest value print and electronic publications, conferences, seminars, webinars and other professional forums.

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The History of ELA

foundersfoundersFounded in 1954 during an education conference at Duke University as the decision in Brown v. Board of Education loomed, the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education was founded with 57 members from 15 states and the District of Columbia. Within six weeks of its inception, NOLPE had 205 members from 40 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.

The first annual meeting was held in the fall of 1955 at the University of Chicago and the first full-sized book was published in 1958, titled Law and the School Superintendent. By 1963, nearly one-third of the membership were attorneys.

The annual conference attracts hundreds of participants and attendees from around the United States and a number of other countries. The conference has been held in such places as Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Miami Beach, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Nassau, Bahamas. In 1994, NOLPE officially became known as the Education Law Association.

At that time, the organization's headquarters were in Topeka, Kansas. In 1997, the Education Law Association moved to the University of Dayton's campus and was housed in the School of Education and Allied Professions until 2013 when ELA found a new home at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Funding for ELA is achieved through membership fees, publication sales, conference and seminar fees, and corporate sponsors. All information contained herein is provided as a service to our members, and for our visitors, who are encouraged to join our ELA family.



ELA Presidents 1955-Present

ELA Presidents 1955-2018

(Positions held at the time of the presidents’ terms)

1955-56 Madaline Kinter Remmlein, National Education Association, VA

1957 Eugene S. Lawler, Florida State University, FL

1958 Reynolds C. Seitz, Marquette University, WI

1960 Edward C. Bolmeier, Duke University, NC

1961 Marion A. McGhehey, U.S. Office of Education, VA

1962 Walter L. Hetzel, Ames, Iowa, Schools, IA

1963 Marlin M. Volz, University of Louisville, KY

1964 Lloyd E. McCann, University of Arizona, AZ

1965 Lee O. Garber, University of Pennsylvania, PA

1966 Henry E. Butler, Jr., University of Rochester, NY

1967 E. Edmund Reutter, Jr., Columbia University, NY

1968 Martha L. Ware, National Education Association, VA

1969 Joseph E. Bryson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC

1970 John Philip Linn, University of Denver, CO

1971 Manny S. Brown, Attorney at Law, Racine, WI

1972 Thomas A. Shannon, Deputy Superintendent and School Attorney, VA