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The Bar Exam — Does it Pass the Test?

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…

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World Serious

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…

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Litigation helps special needs students in Philadelphia

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.

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…

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Brown v. Board of Education at 65

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…

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January 22, 1973, at about 10 AM

Memory is strange.  My son, Dan, has a savant-like ability to precisely place and describe even the most mundane events, going back to nursery school.  My recall of even important moments is foggier.  Unlike most people born before 1960, I do not remember where I was when I learned that John F. Kennedy had been…

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Yatvin co-counsels suit against New York Department of Education on behalf of students with diabetes.

Alan L. Yatvin is serving as co-counsel in a federal class action lawsuit filed on November 1, 2018, alleging the New York City public schools routinely violate the rights of students with diabetes by denying them necessary services and even excluding them from some school activities altogether. Almost two months into another school year, many parents…

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Yatvin Key Member of Defense Team at the ICC

A decade ago Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (Bemba) was charged by the Office of the Prosecutor (Prosecutor) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002-2003 (murder and rape as crimes against humanity, murder and rape as war crimes, and pillaging as a war crime). Mr. Bemba was…

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Affordable Insulin Initiative Takes a Step Forward

In the June of 2016, the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) asked Board Member Alan L. Yatvin to chair the ADA’s Insulin Access Workgroup to address the problem of access to affordable insulin.  Charged with helping to develop and inform ADA policy, the Workgroup was made up of members and officers of the…

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On the passing of Linda Brown: Remembering Brown v. Board of Education

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, Linda Brown of Topeka, Kansas, passed away at age 75.  Brown was an educational consultant, civil rights activist and public speaker.  But to many she was also the face of a historic decision on desegregation in public education. In 1950, then seven year old Linda Brown asked her father, Oliver,…

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A snowy December night in The Hague

I was in The Hague for a meeting of the Association of Defense Counsel at the International Courts (ADC-ICT).  This was my last day in The Netherlands before heading home and it was snowing. With images of Hendrick Avercamp’s impish 17th century paintings and childhood memories of Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (book and…

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Court of Appeals agrees with Yatvin on student’s right to attorney’s fees

In 2008, Alan L. Yatvin filed an administrative complaint under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on behalf of Emily R., a second grader in the Ridley School District, in suburban Philadelphia. On March 30, 2017, after two previous appearances on this case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit,…

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Yatvin essay published in The Champion magazine

The May issue of The Champion, magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) contains an essay by Popper & Yatvin partner, Alan L. Yatvin. Informal Opinion: Representing ‘Those People’ Achieves Justice By Alan L. Yatvin “How can you represent those people?” In three decades as a criminal defense attorney, I had heard…

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Into the Lion’s Den

On May 12, 2017, Alan L. Yatvin presented at a continuing education program sponsored by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP). Alan attended the program in Harrisburg as a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA), to speak to the audience of county solicitors on Selected Civil Rights Issues: The ACLU…

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Yatvin appointed Senior Legal Consultant at the ICC

On March 14, 2017, Alan L. Yatvin was appointed Senior Legal Consultant to the Defence team of Mr. Aimé Kilolo Musamba in the case of The Prosecutor vs. Jean-Pierre Bemba et al. (ICC-01/05-01/13), at the International Criminal Court (ICC) sitting in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Protecting special needs students when charter schools close

One of the unintended consequences of the proliferation of charter schools is that, unlike public school districts, they can easily go levitra un farmaco para la potencia bankrupt or lose their charter and close. While such closures are painful for all the enrolled students and their families, already vulnerable students with educational disabilities are especially…

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Insulin isn’t just a drug

Insulin isn’t just a drug. Insulin isn’t just a drug. It’s the difference between life and death for millions of people with diabetes—and it’s something they will need every day for the rest of their lives. When you or someone you love needs insulin and cannot afford it, the choices are scary. As the cost…

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Traffic Pain in Philadelphia

The hardest part of writing something I am pleased with, is accepting when I can’t get it published. Newspaper and magazine editors only have so much space and they have to triage. When the piece is geographically specific, the available outlets are few. Or maybe what I wrote was junk and I just don’t know…

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Governor signs Pennsylvania School Diabetes Care Law

Alan L. Yatvin, is pleased to announce that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed legislation insuring the rights and safety of children with diabetes in Pennsylvania schools.  Alan is a Director of the American Diabetes Association and a former national chair of legal advocacy.  The Association’s press release appears below. American Diabetes Association Celebrates Signing…

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Inquirer publishes Yatvin commentary on Miranda Decision’s 50th Anniversary

On Sunday, June 12, 2016, The Inquirer published a commentary by Alan L. Yatvin commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Miranda v. Arizona.

NYT Publishes Yatvin Letter

The New York Times has published a letter from Alan L. Yatvin commenting on the need for training of police to recognize and respond to people with medical conditions affecting their mental health, in emotional distress or with mental health issues, in response to the  February 14, 2016 article: When the Hospital Fires the Bullet. …

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Yatvin on Sirus XM’s Knowledge@Wharton

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 11am ET, Alan L. Yatvin, will be a guest on Knowledge@Wharton, a daily, call-in business interview program, broadcasting live on Sirius XM from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Alan will be speaking with host Dan Loney about the rights of children with diabetes.  Joining them will…

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Diabetes Care in the School Setting: A Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association

Popper & Yatvin partner Alan L. Yatvin was a member of the writing group for Diabetes Care in the School Setting: A Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association, published in the journal Diabetes Care, October 2015 vol. 38 no. 10 1958-1963.

Yatvin quoted by The New York Times

Alan L. Yatvin was quoted by The New York Times in an October 27, 2015, article: Many Schools Failing on Type 1 Diabetes Care.  The article highlights the failure of many schools to provide students with type 1 diabetes with the routine care they need, and the fact that often parents do not know they…

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Where to file a Philadelphia police misconduct suit.

Recently, a colleague queried a local criminal justice listserve for advice on filing a police unreasonable force case in Pennsylvania state court in Philadelphia. I responded with some advice and observations on the pros and cons of filing in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (the First Judicial District or “FJD”), versus seven blocks east…

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Marissa’s Story

Four year old Marissa really needed a preschool.  Her mother, Evelyn, was struggling with intensive treatment for breast cancer and her father had a chronic, progressive disease that required him to use a wheelchair.   But Marissa was full of life and ready to get going on her education. She wanted to start preschool, but her…

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Yatvin defeats certiorari in U.S. Supreme Court, preserves special education victory

Emily, a 1st grade student in a Pennsylvania school district, was identified in 2008 as a student with a disability needing special education.   Dissatisfied with the school’s plan to address Emily’s needs, her parents enrolled her in The Benchmark School, a private school with a program to address her needs, particularly in reading. Emily’s parents…

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Mayor names Yatvin to Philadelphia Police Community Oversight Board

On April 17, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter named Alan L. Yatvin to the newly created Police Community Oversight Board. The Board was established by the Mayor by Executive Order No. 1-15, in response to the United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policy Services (DOJ-COPS) report entitled, “Collaborative Reform Initiative:  An…

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Yatvin gives Diabetes Safe at School Presentation

On March 28, 2015, Alan Yatvin presented at the Annual Conference of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Living Well with Diabetes: Now and in the Future. Alan’s session was entitled: Keeping Kids with Diabetes Safe at School.  Attendees included parents, children with diabetes, healthcare providers, advocates and even a…

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Yatvin named to Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association

Alan L. Yatvin has been elected to a three year term as one of the 18 members of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes….

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Yatvin profiled in The Philadelphia Lawyer

The Fall 2014 issue of The Philadelphia Lawyer, the quarterly magazine of the Philadelphia Bar Association, features an article on Alan Yatvin. INTERNATIONAL DEFENSE By Richard How to take your bodybuilding supplements testo non 10 meditation and bodybuilding. G. Freeman Our world – from Filbert Street courthouse to Market Street courthouse, perhaps interspersed with a…

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Yatvin on ethics panel in The Hague

On November 8, 2014, the Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ADC-ICTY) held an ethics training in The Hague, The Netherlands.  Alan Yatvin was a member of the panel entitled: Ethical Considerations During Pre-Trial Proceedings.  Alan is admitted to practice before the ICTY, the Mechanism for International…

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Care of Young Children With Diabetes in the Child Care Setting: A Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association

Alan L. Yatvin was a member of the writing group for Care of Young Children With Diabetes in the Child Care Setting: A Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association, published September 23, 2014, in the journal Diabetes Care, October 2014 vol. 37 no. 10 2834-2842.((Diabetes Care is a journal intended to increase knowledge, stimulate…

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Yatvin gives written testimony before Senate Committee

On April 29, 2014, Alan Yatvin gave written testimony on behalf of the American Diabetes Association before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights on “Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans: Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety.” The text of the written testimony appears below:

Training the Trainers at the NYPD: Yatvin speaks to police about diabetes issues

On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, Alan Yatvin, along with Daniel Lorber, MD, presented a training on diabetes at the New York City Police Academy on January 31, 2014. The program, which was attended by 250 training sergeants, was to prepare for Command Level Training which the training sergeants will be providing to New…

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Diabetes and Policing

Alan Yatvin’s work insuring that police respond appropriately to persons with diabetes is highlighted in the January 2014 issue of the American Diabetes Association’s magazine, Diabetes Forecast.  Click here to read the story.

California Supreme Court issues landmark decision on diabetes care in school

On August 12, 2013, the California Supreme Court decided the case of Amercan Nurses Association v. Torlakson, a case litigated by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) involving diabetes care in California public schools. (link to decision) The case came before the California Supreme Court after nearly eight years of litigation, which began with a class…

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Yatvin recognized for work with students with diabetes

The August issue of Diabetes Forecast profiles Alan Yatvin’s work on behalf of students with diabetes.  Click here to read the article.

Yatvin Quoted by Philadelphia Daily News Columnist

Verdict a real slap in the face February 27, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist

Thurgood Marshall Award Presentation

Here are a few pictures from the December 4, 2012 reception of the Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, where Alan Yatvin was presented the 2012 Thurgood Marshall Criminal Justice Award.  Read more at the Section’s blog.

In honor of Thurgood Marshall

In honor of the namesake of the award I am receiving today, Thurgood Marshall, here is a link to a piece I had published in The Legal Intelligencer in 2004, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

Missing Milan in The Hague

Unfortunate timing has me heading home from The Hague on Monday, one day before the Appeals Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) renders its judgment on the appeal of my former client, Milan Lukic.  I was appointed to represent Lukic in April of 2006, following his arrest in Argentina and transfer…

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Alan Yatvin receives Thurgood Marshall Award from Philadelphia Bar

Alan Yatvin received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section at a reception on December 4, 2012. The Thurgood Marshall Award is the highest honor given by the Criminal Justice Section.  It is presented to a person who exemplifies the ideals of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s career. The Award is given…

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Off to The Hague

Today I am off to The Hague, The Netherlands, for the Annual Training and General Assembly of the Association of Defence Counsel Practising before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ADC-ICTY) on 30 November and 1 December (using European date formats is part of the travel prep).  Topics include:  Best Practices of Defence…

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Students with disabilities in Pa. charter schools

On November 26th The Legal Intelligencer published Charter School Reform Must Protect Vulnerable Students, by David Lapp, a staff attorney at the Education Law Center (ELC).  This excellent piece discusses a problem which we have often seen in our practice – charter schools believing they can operate like private schools, without regard to the rights…

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