Human Rights First honored Latham & Watkins with the 2016 Marvin Frankel Award, which recognizes exceptional contributors to pro bono asylum matters. The Houston office was instrumental in welcoming Human Rights First to the area, taking on more matters than any other firm and hosting training sessions to enable more lawyers to advise asylees.
Latham has worked with Human Rights First since 1991, and continues to be actively involved in the organization’s legal representation program in the United States. Over the years, the firm has represented hundreds of asylum seekers from around the world.
The award is named in memory of Judge Marvin E. Frankel, one of the founders of Human Rights First. Under Judge Frankel’s leadership, Human Rights First developed its nationally recognized pro bono program for asylum seekers, where each year lawyers volunteer more than 90,000 hours of their time.