The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (“The Law Center”) honored Latham with its Pro Bono Counsel Award for the firm’s work on homelessness at the 17th Annual McKinney-Vento Awards in Washington D.C. The Law Center is the only national organization dedicated solely to using the power of the law to prevent and end homelessness. With the support of a large network of pro bono lawyers, including Latham, they address the immediate and long-term needs of people who are homeless or at risk through outreach and training, advocacy, impact litigation and public education.
In collaboration with the Law Center, Latham has challenged an anti-camping law in Boise, Idaho. In addition, the firm has researched the impacts of criminalization on homeless veterans and supported the preparation for the Law Center’s “No Safe Place” report. This report has garnered serious attention and helped the Law Center leverage a shift in the conversation about criminalization.
Since 2000, Latham has provided more than 2.5 million pro bono hours of free legal services to the nonprofit sector and the disadvantaged who too often go underrepresented.