Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy (LSE) Celebrates Fifth Anniversary and Launches New Experiential Education Class on Sustainability Startups

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

In 2023, the Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy (LSE) initiative celebrates its fifth anniversary. Over the years, the initiative has grown and expanded its impact in the legal community. Currently, LSE has 20 firms that have provided over $26 million in pro bono on sustainability matters. Some of the notable contributions include $2 million by Arnold & Porter and Orrick, $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 early-stage nonprofit and for-profit startups addressing climate, sustainability, and social impact challenges. Students in this class provide pro bono legal assistance and support to these startups. 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 was able to provide pro bono legal help to nearly 50 sustainability-focused startups and nonprofits in 2023. The firms in the LSE initiative worked on a variety of interesting matters related to 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, LSE attorneys also collaborated closely with other professionals in the industry to offer webinars and direct pro bono services to Tribal entities on how to take advantage of IRA incentives and accelerate renewable energy implementation with the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

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