Following the advice of the chief judge of the federal district court in Denver, attorney Jason Flores-Williams announced June 6 that a prominent group of civil rights attorneys will be joining a lawsuit against the city over its urban camping ban.
Attorneys David Lane and Andrew McNulty from law firm Killmer Lane & Newman are now co-counsel in what Flores-Williams said was the “the largest class action lawsuit ever filed on behalf of homeless persons,” and said the firm would bring more resources and experience in bringing legal fights on behalf of those who historically lack access to justice.
“It’s an extremely difficult case but Denver has persistently and con-sistently declared war on the homeless,” Lane said. “And it is what we do — we try to protect the weakest, most vulnerable people in society from the monied interests that oppress them.”
The move came after Chief Judge Michael Martinez granted class action certification under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 in the case in an April 27 order, but did so among concerns about how Flores-Williams was representing the homeless plaintiffs in the case. Not only did Martinez make the unusual move of “strongly” encouraging him to seek co-counsel voluntarily in the order, he said he may not have a choice.