COPAA Annual Conference

The Fairmont Dallas, March 2-5, 2017

COPAA is the only national membership organization of special education attorneys and advocates. The annual COPAA conference is highly regarded in the field and draws 600 attendees from across the country for intensive training, workshops, and meetings. Participating in the conference is one of the best ways to become engaged with hundreds of decision makers and also introduce your products and services to tens’ of thousands through COPAA’s website and marketing efforts. It is an excellent opportunity to promote your business, services and support excellence in special education for students with disabilities nationwide.When you have a tough case against a school district and need information or advice where do you turn? When you’re like most, you come to the unparalleled peer-to-peer network COPAA. Why?

Because you know you will receive absolute top notch education advice, support, and strategy.

And you may receive up to 22 CLE credit hours for attending all 4 days of training!

COPAA members work in the trenches every day to assure that IDEA, Section 504, The ADA and other federal and state laws are implemented as intended. We have experienced, time and time again, the full synergistic force of effective IEP teams; where parents and students are equal members, the team works collaboratively, and the resulting individualized program gives the student a real shot at life enrichment as the result of receiving a meaningful, quality education.

The Annual COPAA Conference is your opportunity to learn, face-to-face, effective strategies from the COPAA network.

Learn information and approaches to support each student through the spirit and letter of the law to be as independent, self-sufficient, self-advocating as possible; enforcing their civil right to equal opportunity.

This exciting conference sells out early because of sessions, events and networking opportunities that rejuvenate your spirit and hone your skills to assure that every child you represent has a chance to learn, to achieve and to contribute, to graduate ready to attend college or pursue a career, and to be a productive and contributing member of his or her community.

Continuing Legal Education

Certificates of attendance are provided at the conference. You must sign in to each session attended on-site.

Registration Policy

Registration and attendance to COPAA educational events is NOT open to anyone who is not:

  • a member of COPAA, or
  • eligible to be a member of COPAA, or
  • invited by COPAA,or
  • permitted to register and attend by COPAA.

Any individual employed by or who currently receives more than 50% of his/her income from state, local, or, in the case of an attorney, who represents or has represented such an agency or school district within the past five years, shall not be permitted to register or attend a COPAA educational event unless a formal exception is granted by the Executive Director of COPAA.

An attorney who has not represented an agency or school district during the two years immediately preceding the educational event in question may request an exception to register for a COPAA educational event by petitioning the Executive Director of COPAA if:

(1) he or she is currently working only on behalf of parents in any educational matters, provided, however, that the attorney may represent clients other than parents or agencies or school districts on non-educational matters;
(2) submits two letters of recommendation from current COPAA members, including at least one attorney, that specifically indicates that the attorney is only working on behalf of parents in educational matters; and
(3) submits a personal statement regarding how he or she intends to utilize the COPAA training.

Such application shall be submitted no later than 20 days prior to the start of the event. When the attorney billed or had his/her time billed for representation of such agency or school district during the two years immediately preceding the educational event in question, the attorney shall not be eligible for the exception. Upon receipt of the request for an exception, the Executive Director (or his/her designee) shall consult with appropriate committee chairs, as needed, and determine if additional information is needed prior to deciding the request. The Executive Director has the sole and unreviewable discretion as to whether to grant the exception.

The determination of the Executive Director shall be made in the interests of the organization and members and is without recourse.

When during the course of any such education event, the Executive Director determines that a non-member participant did not qualify for registration without seeking an exception but failed to seek one, or that the exception granted to an individual was improvidently granted, COPAA may terminate the individual’s registration and remove such individual from the educational event, refunding only any prorated tuition fees. COPAA shall not be responsible for any other costs, expenses or claims including lodging and travel. In such circumstances all COPAA educational materials shall be returned to COPAA. COPAA educational materials may not be transmitted or duplicated to any third person or entity without the express permission of COPAA.

Acceptance of Sponsor/Exhibitor/Advertiser are subject to review. COPAA continues to reserve the right, at its sole discretion, to accept or reject requests for exhibit space at the Annual COPAA Conference. Registration is not considered confirmed until COPAA has received and approved.

DISCLAIMER: COPAA does not endorse, recommend, or make representations with respect to any services, programs, medications, products, exhibitors, or treatments that may be referenced on the Web site.

Reference to any program, service, treatment or therapy option is not an official endorsement by COPAA. The inclusion of any resource, link, or conference exhibitor on COPAA’s web site does not imply endorsement or a recommendation.

Memorial Scholarships

COPAA welcomes the donation of scholarship funds for our annual conference as a special memorial or in honor of an individual.Contact