Education Law Association

The Education Law Association (ELA) is a national, nonprofit, non-advocacy member association that promotes interest in understanding of the legal framework of education and the rights of students, parents, school boards, and school employees.  Founded in 1954 during an education conference at Duke University, the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education (NOLPE) was founded with 57 members from 15 states and the District of Columbia.  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 is now housed in the School of Education and Allied Professions.

ELA is the premier forum for professionals interested in practical knowledge, scholarship, and interdisciplinary dialogue about legal and policy issues affecting education.  Association’s professional community anticipates trends in education law and supports scholarly research through the highest value print and electronic publications, conferences, seminars, and professional forums.

Current membership of ELA includes:

  • Faculty and administrators in schools of law and schools of education at over 250 colleges and universities
  • Public and private school administrators and faculty in K through 12 institutions
  • School Board members
  • Attorneys
  • Federal education agencies
  • Government officials
  • State and federal professional associations
  • Law libraries
  • Faculty and administrators in schools of law and schools of education in foreign countries, offering a comparative perspective

Membership in ELA provides the unique opportunity to network with education law professionals from across the country and around the world


Education Law Association
300 College Park – 0528
Dayton, OH 45469

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