Thomas E. Wheeler II Elected to Chair National School Organization
Thomas E. Wheeler II, a partner with Frost Brown Todd, was recently elected to chair the board of the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys. Mr. Wheeler will serve as chair for 2010-2011. Mr. Wheeler also will begin a term on the NSBA’s Board of Directors.
The National School Boards Association is a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their member districts across the United States. Founded in 1940, NSBA represents its State Association members and their 95,000 local school board members. These local officials govern 14,500+ local school districts serving the nation’s 50 million public school students.
The NSBA Council of School Attorneys is a membership organization of 37 affiliate state councils, over 3,000 attorneys nationwide, who work to improve the practice of school law and prevent lawsuits against public schools. Leadership in legal advocacy for public schools is the mission of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys. The Council was formed in 1967 to provide information and practical assistance to attorneys who represent public school districts.
Mr. Wheeler has extensive experience in representing schools and other municipal entities throughout the United States in administrative, trial and appellate matters. He has spoken extensively on civil rights issues, addressing national organizations as diverse as the National School Boards Association and the American Civil Liberties Union, as well as appearing on National Public Radio. Mr. Wheeler speaks to national audiences several times a year on constitutional law and is a prolific author on these topics, as well as a two-time winner of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Benjamin Harrison Writing Award. He has also won the prestigious Burton Award for Legal Achievement co-sponsored by the Library of Congress for his article “Slamming in Cyberspace: The Boundaries of Student 1st Amendment Rights.”