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 in operation for five years now, and we are excited to continue our work and expand our impact. We have 20 firms in the initiative that provided over $26 million in pro bono on sustainability matters in 2023. This includes over $2 million by Arnold & Porter and Orrick, over $6 million by Wilson Sonsini, and $7 million by Morrison & Foerster!

This fall, we launched Startup Law: Sustainability, an experiential education class at Stanford Law School that supports the Stanford founder community. Students in this class help 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.

In 2023, 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. You can find more details on the work below!

With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy 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.

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