Tharrington Smith Partner Ann Majestic Receives National Lifetime Achievement Award



Boston  (April 21, 2012) – The National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys (COSA) honored two school law leaders for their contributions to public schools at the 2012 Annual School Law Seminar in Boston.

Ann L. Majestic and Susan R. Butler, CAE, were each presented with COSA’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplary leadership in legal advocacy and distinguished service to COSA.

“We are thrilled to honor Ann and Susan for their outstanding work in the field of education law and their steadfast dedication to public education,” said Patrice McCarthy, COSA’s Chair.

Majestic is partner in the Raleigh, N.C., law firm of Tharrington Smith and is a past chair of COSA and the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys. For almost 30 years, she has represented numerous North Carolina school boards, including Alamance County, Durham Public Schools, Moore County, Person County, and Wake County—the state’s largest district. She serves as outside counsel to the North Carolina School Boards Association, as well. In 1998, Majestic received the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association.

“I feel very fortunate to have spent my career, working with dedicated educators and excellent colleagues supporting the work of the public schools of North Carolina,” said Majestic.

Butler, who has been the NSBA’s Director of Legal Services and COSA since 1984, will retire from her post later this year to pursue a second career in fine arts. COSA officers unanimously acted to recognize Butler’s 28 years of outstanding service to COSA members prior to learning about her plans for retirement.

McCarthy noted: “Susan Butler has been an invaluable resource to the Council members and leadership, a careful steward of COSA’s resources, and a champion of COSA’s many projects and activities.”

“As a former high school teacher, I know firsthand the vital role public schools play in shaping children’s lives,” Butler said. “I’m proud that through COSA, I have been able to support school boards as they carry out the nation’s most important priority—educating children.”

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Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Working with and through our state associations, NSBA advocates for equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. www.nsba.org.

Formed in 1967, the NSBA Council of School Attorneys (COSA) provides information and practical assistance to attorneys who represent public school districts. It offers legal education, specialized publications, and a forum for exchange of information, and it supports the legal advocacy efforts of the National School Boards Association. www.nsba.org/cosa.

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