2023 Annual Report: Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy – Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program

The Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy (LSE) initiative has been around for five years now and we are excited to continue to make an impact in the field of sustainability. We have 20 firms in our initiative and collectively provided over $26 million in pro bono legal services on sustainability matters in 2023, including over $2 million by Arnold & Porter and Orrick, over $6 million by Wilson Sonsini, and $7 million by Morrison & Foerster!

This fall, we launched an experiential education class at Stanford Law School called Startup Law: Sustainability. Students in this class provide pro bono legal assistance and support to early-stage nonprofit and for-profit startups addressing climate, sustainability, and social impact challenges. This has been a great complementary addition to LSE as more complex matters are often forwarded to our network.

Together with Startup Law: Sustainability, we vetted over 80 applicants and were able to provide pro bono legal help to nearly 50 sustainability-focused startups and nonprofits. The firms in our initiative worked on many interesting matters this year, including helping entities focused on sustainable aquaculture and agriculture, coral reef restoration, renewable energy production, green financing, and carbon capture technologies.

In addition to our work with Startup Law: Sustainability, we also worked closely with attorneys in our initiative to offer webinars and direct pro bono services to startups and Tribal entities on how to take advantage of IRA incentives and accelerate renewable energy implementation with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

By Aiden Johnson

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