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Semple Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

The National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Semple on March 24 at the general session of their 2017 School Law Seminar in Denver, Colorado. Martin Semple has represented school districts in Colorado for nearly 40 years and has served as the credit union’s General Counsel for over 25 years.  COSA selected Mr. Semple for this prestigious national award for his leadership and mentorship in all aspects of his law practice: competency in substance, integrity in ethics, and collegiality with all with whom he works.

Respected as an authority in practically all areas of school law, Mr. Semple has made a particularly strong mark in the labor and employment sector, guiding numerous school districts through the maze of collective bargaining, expertly handling countless grievance arbitrations, and dispensing sage advice on thousands of disciplinary situations. He has been a member of the Colorado School Attorneys Council for decades, chairing the organization in 1984, and has long collaborated with the Colorado Association of School Boards.

Many Colorado attorneys count Martin as role model and mentor; and school attorneys nationwide have benefitted from his leadership. He served on the COSA Board of Directors from 1992-2003, chairing the Board in 2000. He has presented sessions at COSA seminars on a variety of topics and authored several articles for COSA publications.

Westerra Credit Union joins in congratulating Martin Semple on receiving this prestigious national recognition.
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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S.  

Formed in 1967, the NSBA Council of School Attorneys 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.