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Sclaes of JusticeCOPAA is a leader in shaping the body of case law protecting and enforcing the rights of students with disabilities and their families. 

Our Amicus Committee provides technical assistance to members and files briefs in cases of national significance. The issues for amicus are issues affecting all children with disabilities and topics of the briefs are varied.  Recent topics include the requirement to identify and evaluate all children in all areas of suspected disability; to the constitutional protections and right to be free from physical restraints in schools; and, the three separate and distinct rights and protections offered to all students with disabilities in schools under the IDEA, Section 504 and the ADA. 

In the past two years COPAA filed 25 amicus briefs; two in the United States Supreme Court and the rest in the courts of appeals.  80% of those cases in which COPAA filed an amicus brief were decided in favor of the parents. COPAA welcomes requests for Amicus Briefs for cases that:

1) present an issue(s) consistent with our mission statement
2) have a precedent setting value, and
affect the educational welfare of students with disabilities.

Click here for instructions on how to submit request for Amicus or Technical Assistance.


COPAA Amicus Briefs

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This collection included Amicus Briefs written by or for the COPAA Amicus Committee. Also includes ruling, opinions, and Briefs that COPAA signed onto authored by other organizations.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
F.H. et. al. v. Memphis City Sch (6th Cir, 2013) PDF (529.88 KB)  more ] Administration 1/9/2014
A.D.and R.D. v. Haddon Heights BOE (3rd Cir, 2017) PDF (236.14 KB)  more ] Administration 8/1/2017
A.G. v. Wissahickon, 3d Cir, Oct2009 PDF (183.42 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
A.M. v. Monrovia, 9th Cir Decision, Dec2010 PDF (85.36 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
A.M.v. NY City DOE (2nd Cir, 2016) PDF (243.52 KB)  more ] Administration 4/20/2016
Anchorage v. M.P, District Ruling, Nov2011 PDF (52.55 KB)  more ] Administration 9/25/2012
Anchorage v. M.P. Opinion, 9th Cir, Jul2012 PDF (103.56 KB)  more ] Administration 9/25/2012
Ashley Krawietz v. Galveston (5th Cir, 2017) PDF (244.86 KB)  more ] Administration 11/14/2017
Author's Guild Inc. v. HathiTrust-DECISION(2d Cir) PDF (489.74 KB)  more ] Administration 7/1/2014
Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust (2nd Cir, 2013) PDF (683.99 KB)  more ] Administration 6/5/2013
BD v. DC (DC Cir, 2015) PDF (294.6 KB)  more ] Administration 8/11/2015
Bd. of Educ. of the North Rockland (2nd Cir, 2017) PDF (96.24 KB)  more ] Administration 11/28/2017
D.L. v. District of Columbia (DC Cir, 2016) PDF (623.54 KB)  more ] Administration 1/24/2017
Dallas ISD v. Michelle Woody (5th Cir, 2016) PDF (275.69 KB)  more ] Administration 2/17/2017
Decision, Price et al v. DC (2015) PDF (58.4 KB)  more ] Administration 6/30/2015
Doe v. Cape Elizabeth (1 Cir, May, 2015) PDF (123.53 KB)  more ] Administration 5/15/2015
Dowler v. CloverPark SD, Washington, Aug2011 PDF (771.67 KB)  more ] Administration 9/27/2012
Ebonie S. v. Pueblo SD 60, 10th Cir, Sept2011 PDF (238.3 KB)  more ] Administration 9/27/2012
Endrew F. v. Douglas County (Supreme Ct, 2016) PDF (112.43 KB)  more ] Administration 11/21/2016
F.C., et al. v. Tennessee DOE (6th Cir, 2017) PDF (271.32 KB)  more ] Administration 11/21/2017
F.H. v. Memphis City DECISION (6th Cir,2014) PDF (93.79 KB)  more ] Administration 9/4/2014
Fry v. Napoleon (Supreme Ct, 2016) PDF (376.64 KB)  more ] Administration 9/7/2016
G.M. v. Drycreek Joint Elem, 9th Cir, June2011 PDF (66.9 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
I>Z.M. v Rosemount (8th Cir., 2016) PDF (617.77 KB)  more ] Administration 7/26/2016
J.K and J.C. v. Missoula County PS (9th Cir, 2017) PDF (255.24 KB)  more ] Administration 2/27/2017
J.M. v Matayoshi & Hawaii DOE (9th, 2017) PDF (418.36 KB)  more ] Administration 4/4/2017
J.T. v. Dumont, NJ Discrict Court, April2011 PDF (1.37 MB)  more ] Administration 10/9/2012
JD v. NYDOE (2nd Circuit, 2016) PDF (20.25 MB)  more ] Administration 4/8/2016
JEFFERSON BdEd v. PhillipAngie C,11th Cir, Feb2012 PDF (241.67 KB)  more ] Administration 9/27/2012
Jefferson v. Bryan M, Darcy M. (11th Cir., 2017) PDF (418.38 KB)  more ] Administration 4/4/2017
John Doe v. BOE of PG County (4th Cir, 12-17-15) PDF (861.61 KB)  more ] Administration 1/19/2015
Johnson v. United States, D.C. Cir, Sept2011 PDF (64.6 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
K.M. v. Tustin Unified SD Decision(9th Cir., 2013) PDF (147.02 KB)  more ] Administration 11/12/2014
Ka.D. v. Solana Beach, 9th Cir, Feb2011 PDF (246.9 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
King v. Pioneer. GA Court of Appeal, July2009 PDF (1.1 MB)  more ] Administration 10/9/2012
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