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Latham Recognized by Sanctuary for Families With Above & Beyond Award

October 30, 2023
The firm was honored for its pro bono work achieving clemency for a survivor of domestic abuse.

A group of lawyers from our New York office — including partner Jamie Wine, associates Melange Gavin and Wendy Gu, and former associates Jaclyn Newman and Brittany Ehardt — were honored with an Above & Beyond award by Sanctuary for Families, a leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. This award recognizes our lawyers’ work securing clemency for Jacqueline Smalls, a 60-year-old survivor of domestic abuse incarcerated for killing her abuser, who was granted clemency in December 2022 and released from prison in January 2023. She had served more than 10 years of a 15-year sentence before being granted clemency from New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

The case required significant strategic direction from the Latham team, who also prepared and made several presentations to Governor Hochul’s office. As importantly, the Latham team worked closely with Ms. Smalls to understand her story, to collect the facts, and to present a compelling narrative.

Latham is proud to have a longstanding partnership with Sanctuary for Families, with lawyers in our New York office having donated thousands of hours in free legal services over the past several years.