Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy Celebrates Fifth Anniversary and Increases Impact through Experiential Education Program and Pro Bono Services

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

The Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy (LSE) initiative is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, and we are excited to continue expanding our reach and impact. With 20 firms in the initiative, LSE collectively provided over $26 million in pro bono services on sustainability matters in 2023. Some of the notable contributions include $2 million by Arnold & Porter and Orrick, over $6 million by Wilson Sonsini, and $7 million by Morrison & Foerster.

In addition to our ongoing work, LSE launched an experiential education class at Stanford Law School called Startup Law: Sustainability this fall. This class provides pro bono legal assistance and support to early-stage nonprofit and for-profit startups working on climate, sustainability, and social impact challenges. As a complementary addition to LSE, the class often forwards more complex matters to the LSE network.

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

Furthermore, with the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), LSE worked closely with attorneys in the 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. We look forward to continuing our work as we move towards a more sustainable future.

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