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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
3)
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
Soto v. Clark County School Dist (9th Cir, 2017) PDF (325.87 KB)  more ] Administration 12/5/2017
Bd. of Educ. of the North Rockland (2nd Cir, 2017) PDF (96.24 KB)  more ] Administration 11/28/2017
F.C., et al. v. Tennessee DOE (6th Cir, 2017) PDF (271.32 KB)  more ] Administration 11/21/2017
T.B., S.R. and F.B. v. PG County (4th Cir, 2017) PDF (199.17 KB)  more ] Administration 11/14/2017
Ashley Krawietz v. Galveston (5th Cir, 2017) PDF (244.86 KB)  more ] Administration 11/14/2017
R.M. v. Gilbert Unified SD (9th Cir, 2017) PDF (3.25 MB)  more ] Administration 11/14/2017
A.D.and R.D. v. Haddon Heights BOE (3rd Cir, 2017) PDF (236.14 KB)  more ] Administration 8/1/2017
Rena C. v. Colonial School Dist (3rd, 2017) PDF (953.03 KB)  more ] Administration 6/21/2017
J.M. v Matayoshi & Hawaii DOE (9th, 2017) PDF (418.36 KB)  more ] Administration 4/4/2017
Jefferson v. Bryan M, Darcy M. (11th Cir., 2017) PDF (418.38 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
Philadelphia v. Robert Kirsch (3rd Cir., 1-4-17) PDF (266.82 KB)  more ] Administration 2/21/2017
Dallas ISD v. Michelle Woody (5th Cir, 2016) PDF (275.69 KB)  more ] Administration 2/17/2017
D.L. v. District of Columbia (DC Cir, 2016) PDF (623.54 KB)  more ] Administration 1/24/2017
Endrew F. v. Douglas County (Supreme Ct, 2016) PDF (112.43 KB)  more ] Administration 11/21/2016
Fry v. Napoleon (Supreme Ct, 2016) PDF (376.64 KB)  more ] Administration 9/7/2016
I>Z.M. v Rosemount (8th Cir., 2016) PDF (617.77 KB)  more ] Administration 7/26/2016
N.P. v. Maxwell (4th Cir, 2016) PDF (450.46 KB)  more ] Administration 6/28/2016
L.O ex rel. K.T. v. N.Y.C. DoE (2nd Cir, 2016) PDF (342.24 KB)  more ] Administration 5/24/2016
A.M.v. NY City DOE (2nd Cir, 2016) PDF (243.52 KB)  more ] Administration 4/20/2016
JD v. NYDOE (2nd Circuit, 2016) PDF (20.25 MB)  more ] Administration 4/8/2016
SM v. Gwinnett County SD (11th Cir, 2015) PDF (213.57 KB)  more ] Administration 8/18/2015
Se.H. V. Bd. of Educ. of AA County (4th Cir, 2015) PDF (80.01 KB)  more ] Administration 8/11/2015
Meridian Joint SD v. D.A.(9th Cir, 2015) PDF (144.32 KB)  more ] Administration 8/11/2015
BD v. DC (DC Cir, 2015) PDF (294.6 KB)  more ] Administration 8/11/2015
Decision, Price et al v. DC (2015) PDF (58.4 KB)  more ] Administration 6/30/2015
Seth B. v. Orleans Parish SB (5 cir, May 2015) PDF (182.12 KB)  more ] Administration 5/15/2015
Doe v. Cape Elizabeth (1 Cir, May, 2015) PDF (123.53 KB)  more ] Administration 5/15/2015
S.T. v. HCPS 4th Cir, April, 2015) PDF (317.94 KB)  more ] Administration 4/15/2015
John Doe v. BOE of PG County (4th Cir, 12-17-15) PDF (861.61 KB)  more ] Administration 1/19/2015
Timothy O. v. Paso RoblesSD (9th Cir,1-12-15) PDF (160.67 KB)  more ] Administration 1/19/2015
Price et. al. v. D.C.. (DC Cir, 12-22-14) PDF (589.54 KB)  more ] Administration 1/19/2015
F.H. v. Memphis City DECISION (6th Cir,2014) PDF (93.79 KB)  more ] Administration 9/4/2014
Author's Guild Inc. v. HathiTrust-DECISION(2d Cir) PDF (489.74 KB)  more ] Administration 7/1/2014
Rawdin v. American Bd of Pediatrics (3rd Cir 2014) PDF (183.56 KB)  more ] Administration 4/2/2014
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