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About Alan L. Yatvin

Alan L. Yatvin, a partner and chair of the firm’s civil rights practice, is a preeminent police misconduct and civil rights litigators. His practice focuses on civil rights litigation, criminal defense in state, federal, and international tribunals, as well as the representation of students with special needs. With a successful career spanning 37 years, Alan has tried cases ranging from death penalty homicides to complex municipal liability police misconduct cases. He has also briefed and/or argued appellate matters before the United States Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

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The Bar Exam — Does it Pass the Test?

November 24, 2020 11:44 am Published by

In the Spring my friend Julianne Romy received her L.L.M., magna cum laude, from Fordham Law School. Unfortunately, thanks to Covid-19, her New York City job offer evanesced and her visa along with it. So in August she was on her way home to France. In October she took the New York Bar Exam remotely from Paris, where she was taking a French Bar course. As we near the release of the New York Bar results, I share this 1983 essay in her honor. July 27, 1983, Somewhere in New Jersey.  I am aboard Amtrak’s Garden State Special from Philadelphia...

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World Serious

October 21, 2020 2:46 pm Published by

In this season of the Major League Baseball World Series, I am sharing a confession I wrote in October 1985.  The New York Times took a pass, but I did get a lovely note from the opinion page editor.  Those were the days. With the World Series upon us, it is time for me to come out of the closet and confess a shameful membership — men who are not baseball fans. During the early weeks of the season it was no big deal. As the season progressed, though, I was slowly edged into the backfield of my peer group. ...

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Yatvin a 2020 Super Lawyer – 17th Consecutive Year

June 5, 2020 11:10 am Published by

The 2020 list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers includes Alan L. Yatvin of the Philadelphia Law Firm Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores.  This is Yatvin’s 17th consecutive year of being honored, having been named a Super Lawyer every year since the program’s creation in 2004. The Super Lawyer distinction is given to only a very small percentage of Pennsylvania‘s attorneys each year.  Attorneys are only considered for inclusion in the list of top rated attorneys if they have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement across 12 indicators. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto the list. The selection process,...

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Litigation helps special needs students in Philadelphia

November 21, 2019 2:08 pm Published by

After a six-year campaign, Kathleen and Sean, parents of twin girls with Autism and an Intellectual Disability, have succeeded in changing the policies and procedures of the School District of Philadelphia regarding identifying and assigning 1:1 assistants to children who need them.

Court grants class certification in suit against New York Department of Education on behalf of students with diabetes.

June 19, 2019 1:05 pm Published by

On June 18, 2019, United States District Judge Nina Gershon, of the Eastern District of New York, certified a class defined as: All students with diabetes who are now or will be entitled to receive diabetes related care and attend New York City Department of Education schools. The case, M.F., et al. v. The New York City Department of Education, et al., was brought by the parents of three New York City public school students with diabetes and the American Diabetes Association, suing as an organizational plaintiff on behalf of its members who who include children with Type 1 and Type 2...

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Brown v. Board of Education at 65

May 17, 2019 2:57 pm Published by

65 years ago the Supreme Court of the United States issued the decision in Brown v. Board of Education, a historic decision on desegregation in public education, outlawing so-called separate but equal discrimination in public education.   One might think that the issue was well-settled, but Brown is once again in the news.  As a Washington Post op-ed noted yesterday:  “More than two dozen of President Trump’s judicial nominees have declined to answer whether Brown v. Board of Education was properly decided.” On the 50th anniversary of the Brown decision, I wrote an essay for Philadelphia’s newspaper serving the legal community, The...

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