"I joined ELA in the mid '90s at the recommendation of my law professor in my doctoral program. I was a principal at the time and attended my first conference in Kansas City. The information and knowledge regarding the law that I gained at that conference and at subsequent conferences has proven invaluable in my practice as a principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent."

–Lois F. Berlin, Ed.D., Superintendent

"I have been affiliated with ELA through several stages of life: as a law student, as a PhD student, and as a practitioner, and there are few things that I can point to that have more strongly prepared me in a well-rounded way to be a practitioner of education law as well as to evaluate charter school compliance. I learn something from every mailer,and every conference that stretches my knowledge to reach more breadth and depth.."

–Emily Richardson, J.D., Ph.D., Indiana Charter School Board

"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the opportunities that ELA is providing and for the way that membership has enhanced my professional activities. I began teaching school law as an adjunct professor three years ago, and the resources available through ELA have been invaluable in my work."

–Melinda Scott Krei, Education Consultant

"I joined this organization more than two decades ago on the recommendation of a school superintendent that had attended one of the conferences and raved about the depth and breadth of the presentations. Over the years, I have continued to be impressed by the quality of the presenters and materials. Although I attend other school law conferences, the ELA annual conference consistently exceeds all others in its range of topics and its treatment of significant trends."

–P. Tyson Bennett, J.D., Attorney

"I joined the ELA as a doctoral student and attended its national conferences. When I became a professor, the opportunities I had over the years to review books and publications made available to me at the conference by vendors that I knew helped me to select my course materials."

–Susan G Clark, J.D., Ph.D., Attorney and Professor

"The annual ELA conference provides an opportunity not otherwise available for all interested individuals, including, for example, attorneys on both sides, administrators, and academics, to exchange information, views, and contacts, in a cozy, comfortable, and supportive atmosphere."

–Perry Zirkel, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M., Professor