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Amicus Briefs

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
J.T. v. Dumont, NJ Discrict Court, April2011 PDF (1.37 MB)  more ] Administration 10/9/2012
Jay F. v. W.S. Hart Union Decision (9th Cir, 2019) PDF (315.5 KB)  more ] Administration 7/23/2019
Jay F., et.al. v. William Hart USD (9th Cir, 2018) PDF (407.79 KB)  more ] Administration 10/24/2018
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.D. vs Downingtown ASD (3rd Cir, 2018) PDF (636.72 KB)  more ] Administration 4/17/2018
K.M. v. Montgomery County (MD, 2018) PDF (124.07 KB)  more ] Administration 1/31/2019
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
KD v. Downington En Banc Request (3rd Cir, 2018) PDF (558.02 KB)  more ] Administration 10/24/2018
King v. Pioneer. GA Court of Appeal, July2009 PDF (1.1 MB)  more ] Administration 10/9/2012
KM v. Tustin COPAA Amicus Brief (9th Cir, 2012) PDF (104.07 KB)  more ] Administration 11/12/2014
Krawietz v. Galveston Decision(5th Cir, 2018) PDF (107.91 KB)  more ] Administration 8/23/2018
L.H. v. Hamilton County (6th Cir, 2018) PDF (302.01 KB)  more ] Administration 2/20/2018
L.H. v. Hamilton Cty -Decision (6th Cir.,2018) PDF (340.17 KB)  more ] Administration 8/23/2018
L.O ex rel. K.T. v. N.Y.C. DoE (2nd Cir, 2016) PDF (342.24 KB)  more ] Administration 5/24/2016
LSAC v. StateofCalifornia (CA 3rd District, 2013) PDF (192.32 KB)  more ] Administration 9/24/2013
M.H. v. NY City Dept of Educ., NY, Feb2011 PDF (118.58 KB)  more ] Administration 10/9/2012
M.S. v. NY City Dept of Ed, 2d Cir, Nov2010 PDF (96.54 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
Meridian Joint SD v. D.A.(9th Cir, 2015) PDF (144.32 KB)  more ] Administration 8/11/2015
N.P. v. Maxwell (4th Cir, 2016) PDF (450.46 KB)  more ] Administration 6/28/2016
Nicole B. v SD of Philadelphia (Pa., 2018) PDF (576.83 KB)  more ] Administration 1/30/2018
P.S. et. al, v. Pleasantville (NY Sup Ct. 2018) PDF (1.21 MB)  more ] Administration 1/28/2019
Petit v. U. S. Dept of Ed, D.C. Cir, July2011 PDF (221.94 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
Philadelphia v. Robert Kirsch (3rd Cir., 1-4-17) PDF (266.82 KB)  more ] Administration 2/21/2017
Price et. al. v. D.C.. (DC Cir, 12-22-14) PDF (589.54 KB)  more ] Administration 1/19/2015
Quatro v. Tehachapi Unified SD (9th Cir, 2017) PDF (356.15 KB)  more ] Administration 1/9/2018
R.E v.NYCity Dept Ed, Decision, 2d Cir. Oct2012 PDF (114.04 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
R.E. v. New York Board of Ed, 2d Cir, Oct2011 PDF (160.73 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
R.F. v. Cecil County (4th Cir, 2018) PDF (121.05 KB)  more ] Administration 10/24/2018
R.M. v. Gilbert Unified SD (9th Cir, 2017) PDF (3.25 MB)  more ] Administration 11/14/2017
Rawdin v. American Bd of Pediatrics (3rd Cir 2014) PDF (183.56 KB)  more ] Administration 4/2/2014
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