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.
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 to the ICTY in The Hague.
The Prosecutor sought re-transfer of Lukic and his cousin to the jurisdiction of the national courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) pursuant to Rule 11bis. Lukic had been convicted in absentia in Serbia, and he was quite notorious in BiH, so transfer from the security of the United Nations Detention Unit to a jail in BiH might well have resulted in his death.
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.
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 Counsel – A View from the Bench, Ethical Considerations for Defence Counsel, The Residual Mechanism, and Review of Appeal Judgements.
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