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Education Law Association
1233 Bainbridge St PH3
Philadelphia, PA 19147


(see the Bookstore and Annual Conference tabs for emailing book orders or conference inquiries) 


+1 (833) ELA-1954 (833-352-1954): This number can accept both voice messages and faxes. 

Professional Support

Education Law Association currently retains the services of several independent contractors and vendors for the professional support of its programs and operations:

Interim Executive Director 

Tom Hutton head shot aloha shirt blazerTom Hutton, Education Adjuncts LLC, Honolulu, Hawai'i 

A long-time ELA member and an independent consultant to charter school authorizers, school districts, and other education clients, Tom Hutton became ELA's Interim Executive Director in August of 2019, tasked with helping ELA reposition itself for a bright future. Tom is a former school attorney who served in-house with the National School Boards Association and its Council of School Attorneys and later in private practice in Seattle. He had been a co-founder as a law student of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School, a law-themed high school in the District of Columbia, and more recently served as the first executive director of the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission and on the governing board of Wai'alae Elementary Public Charter School in Honolulu. Tom also serves as the executive director of the California Charter Authorizing Professionals (CCAP), an association of school districts and county offices of education that authorize charter schools. During his career he has been a frequent speaker, writer, and news media source, as well as a sometime adjunct professor of education law, most recently at Indiana University Bloomington. Tom was educated in public schools in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Colorado, went to Connecticut College, holds a graduate certificate in public administration from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. 

Managing Director

Nate Walker croppedNate Walker, President, 1791 Delegates, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Reverend Dr. Nathan C. Walker is president of 1791 Delegates, a nonprofit public charity that advances the public understanding of the five freedoms of the First Amendment—religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. 1791 Delegates also provides nonprofit management support services to a range of client organizations. The Education Law Association is excited to have engaged Nate and his team as strategic partners in bringing a range of new services, opportunities, innovations, and supports to our fellowship. Nate is a long-time ELA member and an award-winning First Amendment and human rights law instructor at Rutgers University-Camden. He serves as an Honors College faculty fellow and public humanities fellow and has published five books and various policy reports. He received his Doctor of Education degree in First Amendment law from Columbia University and his Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees. Reverend Nate is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary. He spent 15 years serving congregations in New York and Boston and the last seven as the senior minister of the historic First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Since 2014, he has been serving as the affiliated community minister for religion and public life at the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

 Project Support Specialist

Kimberly Waite CooperKim Waite-Cooper, Project Support Provider, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Kimberly Waite-Cooper provides support to a variety of ELA operations and especially to Tom Hutton, with whom she also works for the California Charter Authorizing Professionals (CCAP). Kimberly comes to ELA after a career with the armed forces, starting in the Ohio Army National Guard and then for 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, where she retired as a First Sergeant having served as an Automatic Flight Control Systems Specialist and an Aerospace Physiology Journeyman. Kimberly also worked as a Logistics Flight Chief with the U-2 spy plane program for eight years before resigning to care for her mother. Born in Key West, Florida, she was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was thrilled to be among the first graduating class of the Cleveland School of Science. A resident of Yuba City, California for over 18 years, Kimberly holds a Masters of Arts in Education from William Jessup University and currently is a doctoral student in education at Regent University.


 Publications Support Specialist 
Pam HardyPam Hardy, Publications Consultant, Westlake, Ohio

Pamela Hardy had a public relations, marketing promotion, copy editing, and writing career with agencies, newspapers, and a major trade publisher before joining ELA as its Publications Specialist, where for six years she managed ELA's publications and periodicals before becoming an independent contractor in October 2019. She continues to provide publication-related services to ELA on a part-time basis. Pam attended Allegheny College and earned her undergraduate degree in English from The Ohio State University. For many years she was a member of professional choirs and choral performing groups in Northeast Ohio. 


  Administrative Support Specialist

Pat PetruskyPat Petrusky, Data and Bookkeeping Assistant, North Royalton, Ohio

Patricia Petrusky served for seven years as ELA's Member Services Administrator before becoming an independent contractor and then obtaining full-time employment elsewhere. However, she continues to provide much-needed help to ELA and its members on the side as available and needed. Pat earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.