Each year, the Law Center honors and celebrates leaders who raise awareness about and advance solutions to homelessness and poverty. The prestigious awards are presented to innovative change-makers who are fighting for a future where everyone has a place to call home.

Register today, and look for more information about this year’s event honoring:

Stewart B. McKinney Award 

Jessica Bruder, author of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Chloé Zhao, director of Nomadland

Bruce F. Vento Award 

Rep. Maxine Waters

Pro Bono Counsel Award 

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 

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Past recipients of the Stewart B. McKinney Award

The Law Center honors individuals and institutions with proven leadership in the fight to end homelessness and poverty. Former recipients include author John Grisham (1999), journalist Barbara Ehrenreich (2010), Washington Wizards player John Wall (2016), Washington NFL player Vernon Davis (2017), healthcare company Kaiser Permanente (2018), and The Walt Disney Company and Baker McKenzie (2019).

Past recipients of the Bruce F. Vento Award

The Law Center honors individuals and institutions with proven leadership in the fight to end homelessness and poverty. Former recipients include Congressman Keith Ellison (2009), The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (2012), Senator Patty Murray (2014), Senator Sherrod Brown (2016), Senator Cory Booker (2017), Congressman Elijah Cummings (2018), and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (2019) among others.

Past recipients of the Personal Achievement Award

The Law Center honors individuals who have sought justice in their own trying situations and thus improved the lives of others experiencing homelessness and poverty. Former recipients include G.W. Rolle (2009), Rob Robinson (2011), Danae Vachata (2012), Juanita Rocha (2017), Valerie Grischy (2018), and Khadijah Williams (2019) among others.

Past recipients of the Pro Bono Counsel Award

The Law Center honors law firms that have partnered with the Law Center to seek justice for those experiencing homelessness & poverty. Past recipients include Sidley Austin LLP (2004 & 2014), Covington & Burling LLP (2007 & 2012), Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (2013), Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (2017), Goldman Sachs Pro Bono Counsel (2018), JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goodwin, and HighQ (2019), and Fish & Richardson (2020) among others.

All Past Honorees

A full list of all past honorees of the McKinney-Vento Awards can be found here.

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