Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities
Protecting Rights. Creating Opportunities. Changing Lives
COPAA files amicus curiae briefs in cases of national significance. An amicus curiae (Literally "friend of the court"; plural amici curiae) is someone who is not a party to a case who offers information that bears on the case but who has not been solicited by any of the parties to assist a court. This may take the form of legal opinion, testimony or learned treatise (the amicus brief) and is a way to introduce concerns ensuring that the possibly broad legal effects of a court decision will not depend solely on the parties directly involved in the case. The decision on whether to admit the information lies at the discretion of the court.
COPAA is recognized as the leader in training attorneys and advocates to represent students with disabilities and their families. The COPAA brand equals quality. We are the only national peer-to-peer network focusing on the civil right to a quality education for students labeled with disabilities. COPAA is proud to conduct a year-long Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT)TM, the only nationally developed and recognized year-long course and practicum training opportunity that provides participants with training to become a Special Education Advocate.
COPAA is premised on the belief that every child has the right to high-quality education and an equal opportunity to achieve his or her full academic potential. States, school districts and schools have an obligations under federal and state law to ensure that each eligible student with a disability receives an individualized education that prepares them for work, college, and participation in his or her chosen community.
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit unparalleled peer-to-peer network of attorneys, advocates, parents and related professionals dedicated to protecting and enforcing legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families at the national, state and local levels. Post an opportunity and reach an experienced, knowledgeable audience! Find your dream job!
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