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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
Timothy O. v. Paso RoblesSD (9th Cir,1-12-15) PDF (160.67 KB)  more ] Administration 1/19/2015
T.W. v. Seminole County, 11th Cir, July2009 PDF (267.96 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
T.B., S.R. and F.B. v. PG County (4th Cir, 2017) PDF (199.17 KB)  more ] Administration 11/14/2017
Soto v. Clark County School Dist (9th Cir, 2017) PDF (325.87 KB)  more ] Administration 12/5/2017
SM v. Gwinnett County SD (11th Cir, 2015) PDF (213.57 KB)  more ] Administration 8/18/2015
Seth B. v. Orleans Parish SB (5 cir, May 2015) PDF (182.12 KB)  more ] Administration 5/15/2015
Se.H. V. Bd. of Educ. of AA County (4th Cir, 2015) PDF (80.01 KB)  more ] Administration 8/11/2015
S.T. v. HCPS 4th Cir, April, 2015) PDF (317.94 KB)  more ] Administration 4/15/2015
Rena C. v. Colonial School Dist (3rd, 2017) PDF (953.03 KB)  more ] Administration 6/21/2017
Rawdin v. American Bd of Pediatrics (3rd Cir 2014) PDF (183.56 KB)  more ] Administration 4/2/2014
R.M. v. Gilbert Unified SD (9th Cir, 2017) PDF (3.25 MB)  more ] Administration 11/14/2017
R.E. v. New York Board of Ed, 2d Cir, Oct2011 PDF (160.73 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
R.E v.NYCity Dept Ed, Decision, 2d Cir. Oct2012 PDF (114.04 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
Quatro v. Tehachapi Unified SD (9th Cir, 2017) PDF (356.15 KB)  more ] Administration 1/9/2018
Price et. al. v. D.C.. (DC Cir, 12-22-14) PDF (589.54 KB)  more ] Administration 1/19/2015
Philadelphia v. Robert Kirsch (3rd Cir., 1-4-17) PDF (266.82 KB)  more ] Administration 2/21/2017
Petit v. U. S. Dept of Ed, D.C. Cir, July2011 PDF (221.94 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
N.P. v. Maxwell (4th Cir, 2016) PDF (450.46 KB)  more ] Administration 6/28/2016
Meridian Joint SD v. D.A.(9th Cir, 2015) PDF (144.32 KB)  more ] Administration 8/11/2015
M.S. v. NY City Dept of Ed, 2d Cir, Nov2010 PDF (96.54 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
M.H. v. NY City Dept of Educ., NY, Feb2011 PDF (118.58 KB)  more ] Administration 10/9/2012
LSAC v. StateofCalifornia (CA 3rd District, 2013) PDF (192.32 KB)  more ] Administration 9/24/2013
L.O ex rel. K.T. v. N.Y.C. DoE (2nd Cir, 2016) PDF (342.24 KB)  more ] Administration 5/24/2016
KM v. Tustin COPAA Amicus Brief (9th Cir, 2012) PDF (104.07 KB)  more ] Administration 11/12/2014
King v. Pioneer. GA Court of Appeal, July2009 PDF (1.1 MB)  more ] Administration 10/9/2012
Ka.D. v. Solana Beach, 9th Cir, Feb2011 PDF (246.9 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
Johnson v. United States, D.C. Cir, Sept2011 PDF (64.6 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
John Doe v. BOE of PG County (4th Cir, 12-17-15) PDF (861.61 KB)  more ] Administration 1/19/2015
Jefferson v. Bryan M, Darcy M. (11th Cir., 2017) PDF (418.38 KB)  more ] Administration 4/4/2017
JEFFERSON BdEd v. PhillipAngie C,11th Cir, Feb2012 PDF (241.67 KB)  more ] Administration 9/27/2012
JD v. NYDOE (2nd Circuit, 2016) PDF (20.25 MB)  more ] Administration 4/8/2016
J.T. v. Dumont, NJ Discrict Court, April2011 PDF (1.37 MB)  more ] Administration 10/9/2012
J.M. v Matayoshi & Hawaii DOE (9th, 2017) PDF (418.36 KB)  more ] Administration 4/4/2017
J.K and J.C. v. Missoula County PS (9th Cir, 2017) PDF (255.24 KB)  more ] Administration 2/27/2017
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