The American Bar Association presented awards to three individual lawyers and two law firms for demonstrating outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged at its Annual Meeting in August in San Francisco.
The Pro Bono Publico Awards are the top honors given by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, which over the years has spotlighted pro bono efforts of individual lawyers and small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession.
Recipients of the 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards are:
Faegre Baker Daniels of Minneapolis: Pro bono service is a core value of this firm, as it has a rich tradition of providing legal services to low-income and other vulnerable people to help ensure everyone has equal access to justice. In 2018, lawyers across the firm contributed 38,950 pro bono hours, with 79 percent of the firm’s lawyers participating in the program and 80 percent of their pro bono hours devoted to serving low-income clients. The firm supports more than 25 community clinics, and the pro bono practice involves representing individuals in a range of matters, including systemic reform efforts.