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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 around for five years, and this milestone marks an exciting time for the organization. With 20 firms now participating in the initiative, they were able to provide over $26 million in pro bono legal services on sustainability matters in 2023. This includes over $2 million from Arnold & Porter and Orrick, over $6 million from Wilson Sonsini, and $7 million from Morrison & Foerster.

This fall, LSE launched a new experiential education class at Stanford Law School called Startup Law: Sustainability. Students in this class work with startups and nonprofits addressing climate, sustainability, and social impact challenges by providing pro bono legal assistance and support. This has been a great complement to LSE as more complex matters are often forwarded to the 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 total, they worked on over 100 matters that had a significant impact on sustainability efforts across various industries.

In addition to their ongoing work with startups and nonprofits, LSE also collaborated 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 was made possible by the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Overall, LSE’s fifth anniversary is a testament to their commitment to making a positive impact on sustainability efforts through legal services. With their continued growth and expansion into new areas of expertise

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