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

The Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy Initiative Celebrates 5th Anniversary, Provided $26 Million in Pro Bono on Sustainability Matters in 2023

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy (LSE) initiative, and we are excited to continue to expand our work and impact. We now have 20 firms in the initiative that collectively provided over $26 million in pro bono on sustainability matters in 2023—including over $2 million by Arnold & Porter and Orrick, over $6 million by Wilson Sonsini, and $7 million by Morrison & Foerster!

This fall we also launched Startup Law: Sustainability, an experiential education class at Stanford Law School supporting the Stanford founder community. Students in Startup Law: Sustainability help to 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.

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. They vetted over 80 applicants and were able to provide pro bono legal help to nearly 50 sustainability-focused startups and nonprofits. Collectively they worked on exciting projects such as advising on regulatory compliance issues for green technology companies or assisting with due diligence for sustainable real estate investments. These projects have made a significant impact in accelerating progress towards a more sustainable future.

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. The webinars covered topics such as tax credits for clean energy production or how to access capital from government programs like ARPA-E or BAAA+F funding opportunities for advanced research projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation systems. These efforts have helped pave the way for increased investment in clean energy infrastructure across many sectors of the economy.

Leave a Reply

NBC is Cutting Ties with Ronna McDaniel Following Backlash Previous post NBC Drops Republican Contributor Ronna McDaniel Amidst Backlash from Top Talent
Biden and Harris assert that Democrats will protect health care while claiming Republicans will strip it away. Next post Biden-Harris Emphasize the Importance of Affordable Health Care During North Carolina Visit