Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of 13 education law professionals who set a course for success each year. This balanced group represents a stakeholder cross-section and is focused on the needs of the organization as a whole. The Board of Directors meets at the beginning and end of the annual conference, and during a special two-day meeting in May at the ELA headquarters. Members of the Executive Committee each serve a one-year term, and the remaining directors serve three-year terms.


Patrick D. Pauken, J.D., Ph.D., Secretary to the Board of Trustees/Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Leadership Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 



R. Craig Wood, Professor, Educational Administration & Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL



lynn-scottVice President

Lynn Rossi Scott, J.D., Shareholder, Brackett and Ellis, P.C., Fort Worth TX



kenneth-laneImmediate Past President

Kenneth E. Lane, Ed.D., Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Technology, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA


Board Member

Andrea J. Arthur, Employee Relations Coordinator, Katy ISD Human Resources, Katy, TX


blanchardBoard Member

Joy Blanchard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Higher Education, Florida International University, Miami, FL


Board Member

John Dayton, J.D., Ed.D., Professor, Education Law & Policy, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


CDieterichcropBWBoard Member

Cynthia A. Dieterich, Ph.D., Visiting Faculty, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH



haglundBoard Member

Wayne Haglund, J.D., Attorney at Law, Haglund Law Firm P.C., Lufkin TX



Board Member

Neal Hutchens, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University, Port Mathilda, PA


Board Member

Steve Permuth, Ed.D., Professor, Education Leadership & Policy Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL


leslie-stellmanBoard Member

Leslie R. Stellman, J.D., Attorney, Pessin Katz Law, P.A. Towson, MD



Board Member

Regina Umpstead, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 




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