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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
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
KD v. Downington En Banc Request (3rd Cir, 2018) PDF (558.02 KB)  more ] Administration 10/24/2018
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
K.M. v. Montgomery County (MD, 2018) PDF (124.07 KB)  more ] Administration 1/31/2019
K.D. vs Downingtown ASD (3rd Cir, 2018) PDF (636.72 KB)  more ] Administration 4/17/2018
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
Jay F., et.al. v. William Hart USD (9th Cir, 2018) PDF (407.79 KB)  more ] Administration 10/24/2018
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
I>Z.M. v Rosemount (8th Cir., 2016) PDF (617.77 KB)  more ] Administration 7/26/2016
G.M. v. Drycreek Joint Elem, 9th Cir, June2011 PDF (66.9 KB)  more ] Administration 10/11/2012
Fry v. Napoleon (Supreme Ct, 2016) PDF (376.64 KB)  more ] Administration 9/7/2016
F.H. v. Memphis City DECISION (6th Cir,2014) PDF (93.79 KB)  more ] Administration 9/4/2014
F.C., et al. v. Tennessee DOE (6th Cir, 2017) PDF (271.32 KB)  more ] Administration 11/21/2017
Endrew F. v. Douglas County (Supreme Ct, 2016) PDF (112.43 KB)  more ] Administration 11/21/2016
Ebonie S. v. Pueblo SD 60, 10th Cir, Sept2011 PDF (238.3 KB)  more ] Administration 9/27/2012
Dowler v. CloverPark SD, Washington, Aug2011 PDF (771.67 KB)  more ] Administration 9/27/2012
Doe v. Cape Elizabeth (1 Cir, May, 2015) PDF (123.53 KB)  more ] Administration 5/15/2015
Disability Rights Texas’s Brief in Spring Branch PDF (105.88 KB) Administration 1/7/2019
Decision: Quatro v. Tehachapi (9th Cir, 2018) PDF (169.48 KB)  more ] Administration 11/27/2018
Decision, Price et al v. DC (2015) PDF (58.4 KB)  more ] Administration 6/30/2015
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
D.L. v. D.C. (D.C., 2018) PDF (472.97 KB)  more ] Administration 1/31/2019
CD. v Natick Appellant Brief (1st Cir, 2018) PDF (9.63 MB) Administration 1/7/2019
C. D. v. Natick PSD & MA Bureau (1st Cir, 2018) PDF (543.42 KB)  more ] Administration 1/7/2019
Bd. of Educ. of the North Rockland (2nd Cir, 2017) PDF (96.24 KB)  more ] Administration 11/28/2017
BD v. DC (DC Cir, 2015) PDF (294.6 KB)  more ] Administration 8/11/2015
Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust (2nd Cir, 2013) PDF (683.99 KB)  more ] Administration 6/5/2013
Author's Guild Inc. v. HathiTrust-DECISION(2d Cir) PDF (489.74 KB)  more ] Administration 7/1/2014
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