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

In 2023, the Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy (LSE) initiative celebrated its fifth anniversary and continued to grow in impact. The initiative now has 20 firms participating, which collectively provided over $26 million in pro bono on sustainability matters. This includes over $2 million by Arnold & Porter and Orrick, over $6 million by Wilson Sonsini, and $7 million by Morrison & Foerster.

This fall, LSE launched an experiential education class at Stanford Law School called Startup Law: Sustainability. The class helps 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 the LSE 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 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 their work with startups and nonprofits, the LSE initiative also 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 with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

By Riley Johnson

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