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Winkelman v. Parma City School District

Docket No.: 05-983
Certiorari Granted: Oct 27, 2006
Argued: February 27, 2007
Decided: May 21, 2007

PartyNames: Jacob Winkelman, a Minor, By and Through His Parents and Legal Guardians, Jeff and Sandee Winkelman, et al. v. Parma City School District
Petitioner: Jacob Winkelman, a Minor, By and Through His Parents and Legal Guardians, Jeff and Sandee Winkelman, et al.
Respondent: Parma City School District

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Jacob Winkelman, a Minor, By and Through His Parents and Legal Guardians, Jeff and Sandee Winkelman, et al.
v.
Parma City School District
550 U.S. 516 (2007)
Question Presented:

The question presented, over which there is a three-way split among six circuits, is: Whether, and if so, under what circumstances, non-lawyer parents of a disabled child may prosecute an Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., case pro se in federal court.

Question:

In a lawsuit under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), may a non-lawyer parent of a disabled child argue in federal court either on his own behalf ("pro se") or on behalf of his child?

Holding: judgment reversed and remanded
Vote: 7-2
Opinion By:
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