Poyner Spruill Welcomes Education Law Practice Group

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Katie G. Cornetto

Raleigh, NC t: 919.783.1144 f: 919.783.1075
Rocky Mount, NC

Katie focuses her practice exclusively on education law and has been engaged in a wide array of legal issues at the national, state, and local levels of education. In addition to spending several years representing local boards of education across the state, she served as the lead in-house general counsel to the NC State Board of Education and Department of Public Education for almost ten years.


Katie brings her passion for education and desire to see the best outcomes for school boards of education, educators, and students to her practice.  She previously taught high school civics for the Close Up Foundation in Washington DC and Honolulu, Hawaii, before attending law school. Katie conducts trainings for school boards and administration and is a frequent presenter on topics such as Social Media and the First Amendment; Teacher Ethics and Licensure; School Board Governance; Charter Schools; Virtual Public Schools; and many other subjects for local, statewide, and national audiences. She has served on numerous volunteer non-profit boards, task forces, and commissions involving public education and law.  She was appointed by the NC State Board of Education to be a board member on the NC Virtual Public School Advisory Board.  She is the Past President of the National Counsel of State Education Attorneys and former member on the governing board for the National Association of State Boards of Education.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA

North Carolina Central University School of Law, JD


NC Virtual Public School Advisory Board ( NC Board of Education), Board Member

National Counsel of State Education Attorneys, Past President

Governing board for the National Association of State Boards of Education, Former Member

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