Thank you to Latham and Watkins for Helping Get the “Good Cause Exception” Passed in Washington State!
SB 5729 in Washington passed unanimously in both houses and is on its way to the governor’s desk for signature! SB 5729 allows a good cause exception for late public benefit hearing requests due to housing instability. This exception ensures that people experiencing homelessness will not lose their chance to appeal terminations of cash and other assistance. Link to the bill is here: 5729-S.PL.pdf (wa.gov).
Big thanks to Clint Summers and Topher Turner from Latham Watkins who provided technical assistance to the Law Center in advising local advocates on the interplay of federal and state law regarding public benefits and in drafting a model good cause bill that other states can use; which builds on the success in Washington state.
Pro Bono Spotlight
Taylor Reeves is an associate in the Delaware office of Fish & Richardson P.C, focusing on patent litigation. In just under two years, she has been on three trial teams, assisting in witness preparation and motion drafting.
Prior to joining the firm, she served as an intern with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for the Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie (2018), and served as an extern with the District Court of Delaware for the Honorable Christopher J. Burke (2019-2020). While attending Thomas R. Kline’s School of Law, Ms. Reeves competed on her law school’s Moot Court team, including at the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. She received recognition for being a Top 5 Oralist and Top 3 Memorial drafter.
At Fish & Richardson, P.C., Ms. Reeves assists in leading a dedicated group of colleagues to investigate local government actions that criminalize homelessness throughout the United States and draft letters to local governments explaining how their actions are improper and offering assistance in finding a different resolution.
“Partnering with the National Homelessness Law Center has been a fulfilling and meaningful experience. It is so important to be aware of how our country treats those experiencing homelessness and speak up when that treatment is wrong. The Law Center’s dedication to making positive change through local outreach is something I am grateful to be a small part of.”