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Ben Ferrara Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from NSBA

We are extremely pleased and proud to report that Ben Ferrara has been named a recipient of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA) 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Award recognizes Ben’s exemplary leadership and distinguished service to the NSBA, and reflects Ben’s dynamic and robust school law practice characterized by thoughtful counsel and vigorous representation of school districts across New York State.

This award has been bestowed only three times in the past and is considered the highest form of recognition by his colleagues who practice school law.  Ben accepted the award on April 8, 2011 at COSA’s annual conference in San Francisco.

As many of you will recall, Ben was elected chairman of COSA in 1996 and, as its chair, served that year on the Board of Directors of NSBA.  He served on the COSA Board of Directors from 1986 - 2000.  In 1998, Ben was also elected President of the New York State Association of School Attorneys and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 1988.

Ben’s school law practice has always been — and will continue to be — focused on providing exemplary advice, counsel, representation and related services to school districts and BOCES throughout New York State.  Ben also routinely serves as a legal consultant to many school board clients in connection with their selection and retention of educational leaders for their districts.

In addition to his thriving practice, Ben writes and lectures extensively in the fields of education law and public employment law.  He is a frequent speaker and participant at programs sponsored by the N.Y.S. School Boards Association, NSBA, COSA and other nationwide, statewide and local conferences dealing with education law, school board training, public sector employment and labor relations issues.  As such, he has provided much insight on a variety of topics of interest to school boards and administrators.  Ben is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America (1995-2010) which is based on an exhaustive peer review survey by top attorneys nationwide.

Congratulations Ben!