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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 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 exposed. Not only must they often…

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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.

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