Patricia J. Whitten Elected To Board of Directors for the Council of School AttorneysApril 11, 2014
Franczek Radelet partner Patricia J. Whitten has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Council of School Attorneys (COSA), part of the National School Boards Association. COSA’s mission is to support school attorneys in their representation of public school boards by providing leadership in legal advocacy for public schools. The organization, which Patti has been involved with for more than 30 years, encourages professional development and closer relationships between school attorneys and their school board clients through continuing education, online publications, writing and advocacy opportunities, and discussion forums.
Patti has devoted her legal career to the practice of education law. Her practice involves all aspects of education law, including litigation at state court, federal court, and administrative agencies. She has an in-depth background in constitutional and civil rights, including educational equity and desegregation issues, labor and employment, student issues, tax and finance, board policy and administrative matters, and legislative drafting and interpretation. She has been involved in several precedent-setting federal cases, including authoring friend-of-the-court briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts on behalf of school districts and education-related organizations.
Prior to joining the firm, Patti served as general counsel for the Chicago Board of Education for more than 11 years, and prior to that she spent most of her legal career in the Chicago Board’s Law Department. She was the Chicago Board’s first female and youngest general counsel. Patti was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Education Law Section Council and the Committee on Law Related Education for the Public, which she chaired. She is also a founding member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys and currently serves on its executive board.