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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
Decision: Quatro v. Tehachapi (9th Cir, 2018) PDF (169.48 KB)  more ] Administration 11/27/2018
C. D. v. Natick PSD & MA Bureau (1st Cir, 2018) PDF (543.42 KB)  more ] Administration 1/7/2019
CD. v Natick Appellant Brief (1st Cir, 2018) PDF (9.63 MB) Administration 1/7/2019
Spring Branch ISD v. OW (5th Cir, 2018) PDF (431.26 KB)  more ] Administration 1/7/2019
Spring Branch ISD v. OW -Appellant's Brief PDF (614.65 KB) Administration 1/7/2019
Disability Rights Texas’s Brief in Spring Branch PDF (105.88 KB) Administration 1/7/2019
A.L. v. Clovis USD (9th Cir, 2018) PDF (444.73 KB)  more ] Administration 1/14/2019
P.S. et. al, v. Pleasantville (NY Sup Ct. 2018) PDF (1.21 MB)  more ] Administration 1/28/2019
K.M. v. Montgomery County (MD, 2018) PDF (124.07 KB)  more ] Administration 1/31/2019
D.L. v. D.C. (D.C., 2018) PDF (472.97 KB)  more ] Administration 1/31/2019
LeJeune G., v. Pennsylvania (3rd Cir., 2019) PDF (373.02 KB)  more ] Administration 2/4/2019
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