Observations on legal sundry

Alan Yatvin named Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 10th year in a row

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50th Anniversary of Gideon

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.

Gideon v. Wainwright: Facts to Know and Tell

In Philadelphia and across the country, lawyers, the judiciary and politicians are examining the quality and adequacy of funding for legal representation of indigent criminal defendants.  The case that confirmed the broad right to such representation was Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963).  This month we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the decision.  Here are some facts you may not have known about Gideon: ♦ The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to … have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.” ♦ The right to … Read more

Yatvin Quoted by Philadelphia Daily News Columnist

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

Missing Milan 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 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 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 … Read more

Off to The Hague

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 of special needs students.