Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy: Celebrating 5 Years of Impact and Empowering the Next Generation of Eco-Friendly Startups

By Eleanor Harrison Mar27,2024
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 growing our impact. Currently, we have 20 firms in the initiative that collectively provided over $26 million in pro bono legal assistance 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 work with firms, we launched an experiential education class at Stanford Law School called Startup Law: Sustainability. This class supports the Stanford founder community by providing pro bono legal assistance and support to early-stage nonprofit and for-profit startups addressing climate, sustainability, and social impact challenges. This class has been a great complementary addition to LSE as it often refers more complex matters to our network.

Together, LSE and Startup Law: Sustainability 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 projects this year, including sustainable aquaculture and agriculture, coral reef restoration, renewable energy production, green financing, and carbon capture technologies.

With the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), LSE 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. We look forward to continuing our work in the years ahead as we strive towards a more sustainable future.

By Eleanor Harrison

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