This month we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), which changed the face of criminal prosecution by declaring a broad right to counsel for poor criminal defendants. Go to this page of our blog to learn more about the history of the decision.
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.
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 for long-time service, not an individual event, although a specific event can be the triggering factor, and is awarded to a person who has devoted time, energy and talent to improving the standards of justice in the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania courts. The Award recognizes significant accomplishments in improving the administration of criminal justice and in achieving the goals of the Criminal Justice Section, and recognizes distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time.
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 of special needs students.
Popper & Yatvin is a Philadelphia law firm established in 1988 by Alan Yatvin and Howard Popper. We concentrate our practice in criminal defense in state and federal courts, police misconduct litigation and representation of special education students. Learn more about the firm at http://www.popperyatvin.com/ When reading the blog, be aware that words highlighted in blue are links to related documents or websites.
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November has been a busy month for Popper & Yatvin. On November 15th the Philadelphia Inquirer published Howard’s OpEd on a police officer’s cell-room tasering of a handcuffed youth in Colwyn, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. http://www.popperyatvin.com/Files/ColwynOpEd_16Nov12.pdf
On November 24th the New Jersey Star-Ledger published Alan’s OpEd on the need to train New Jersey police to recognize the signs and symptoms of a diabetes emergency. http://www.popperyatvin.com/Files/TrainNJ_Police_to_spot_diabetes_OpEd_14Nov12.pdf