Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy (LSE) Initiative: Expanding Impact and Empowering Sustainability Startups with Pro Bono Legal Assistance

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 marking its fifth anniversary this year, and we are excited to continue expanding our work and impact. Currently, there are 20 firms in the initiative that have collectively provided over $26 million in pro bono legal assistance on sustainability matters in 2023. Some of the notable contributions include over $2 million by Arnold & Porter and Orrick, over $6 million by Wilson Sonsini, and $7 million by Morrison & Foerster.

This fall, LSE launched Startup Law: Sustainability, an experiential education class at Stanford Law School that supports the Stanford founder community. 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 class has been a great complementary addition to LSE as it 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.

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. This collaboration has been instrumental in promoting sustainable development across various sectors while ensuring that businesses can benefit from government policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

Overall, LSE’s success is a testament to the importance of pro bono legal assistance in driving positive change towards a sustainable economy. We look forward to continuing our work with like-minded individuals and organizations as we strive towards a more equitable future where everyone can benefit from sustainable practices.

In conclusion, the Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy (LSE) initiative has made significant strides in promoting sustainable development through its work with law firms providing pro bono legal assistance on sustainability matters. With notable contributions from several firms such as Arnold & Porter Orrick, Wilson Sonsini Morrison & Foerster among others

The Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy (LSE) initiative is marking its fifth anniversary this year, and we are excited to continue expanding our work and impact. Currently, there are 20 firms in the initiative that have collectively provided over $26 million in pro bono legal assistance on sustainability matters in 2023. Some of the notable…

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