On May 21, 2014, Alan L. Yatvin appeared before the Court of Appeal in Phnom Pehn and was admitted to the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Alan is in Cambodia to be assigned as provisional International Co-Lawyer for a confidential suspect under investigation in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Also known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, the ECCC was created to try serious crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime 1975-1979. The ECCC was created by the government and the United Nations as an independent Cambodian court with international participation, applying international legal standards.
On the afternoon of March 13, 2011, Carmelo Winans, an emotionally troubled young man, sat on the floor in an isolated corner of the kitchen of the house he shared with his father and grandparents. Paranoid and confused, he held a small steak knife to his neck as he spoke about god. He was not threatening anyone and he was not engaging in any aggressive actions. His father, Carmelo Santiago, fearing his son might harm himself, phoned the police to come help his child. Two Philadelphia Police officers came to the house and entered the kitchen. The frightened father stood in the kitchen doorway, behind the police, watching first in relief, then in increasing horror, as the events unfolded. Continue reading “Popper & Yatvin Settles Suit Over Philadelphia Police Shooting of Emotionally Disturbed Man”
The case came before the California Supreme Court after nearly eight years of litigation, which began with a class action lawsuit brought by the ADA that was resolved by a settlement agreement allowing trained non-medical school personnel to administer insulin when a nurse is not available. That provision of the settlement was challenged in the current lawsuit by several nursing organizations. The California Supreme Court agreed with the ADA’s position that state law allows school personnel, who are not nurses, to volunteer and be trained to help children with the insulin they need to survive and thrive at school.
As Chair of Legal Advocacy for the ADA for the past three years, and a member of the Legal Advocacy Subcommittee since 2004, Alan Yatvin has been involved in the decision making and strategy of the litigation. Following the issuance of the decision, Alan was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal:
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.
As I have nearly every January since 1985, I traveled to New York City to teach at the Benajmin N. Cardozo School of Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) on January 7-10. ITAP, a cornerstone of Cardozo’s practical skills curriculum, is a two week immersion course where students learn cutting edge strategies for courtroom litigation using the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) model. In a “master class” approach to learning, students practice direct and cross-examinations, interviewing and preparing witnesses, selecting juries, dealing with evidentiary issues, and preparing for and presenting bench and jury trials.
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.