The American Bar Association Section of Litigation has announced that its 2004 Pro Bono Award has been given to 3M. The section Corporate Counsel Committee presented the award last month during a luncheon ceremony at the committee's continuing legal education seminar in La Quinta, CA.
Accepting the award on behalf of 3M was Maureen A. Harms, counsel, 3M Office of General Counsel.
This year marks the sixth annual presentation of the award, which is given to a company whose legal department demonstrates exceptional commitment to providing pro bono services. The award recognizes the largely unsung heroes who do pro bono work from an in-house law department and in so doing inspire others.
3M's legal team was selected because of its long record of serving those in need in the Minneapolis-St. Paul community. Most recently, 3M partnered with the Children's Law Center of Minnesota to provide much need representation for children in the foster care system. Through its partnership with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, 3M provides volunteers to represent low-income clients in immigration, family law and housing matters.