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Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy: Celebrating Five Years of Impact and Expanding Their Network

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
2023 Annual Report: Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy – Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program

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

One of our most significant achievements this fall was launching Startup Law: Sustainability at Stanford Law School. This experiential education class supports the Stanford founder community in providing pro bono legal assistance and support to early-stage nonprofit and for-profit startups addressing climate, sustainability, and social impact challenges. The program has been a great complementary addition to LSE, as more complex matters are often forwarded to our network.

Our collaboration with Startup Law: Sustainability allowed us to vet over 80 applicants and provide pro bono legal help to nearly 50 sustainability-focused startups and nonprofits. We 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. See more details on our work below!

In addition to these projects, we also worked closely with attorneys in our initiative to offer webinars and direct pro bono services to startups and Tribal entities on how to take advantage of Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) incentives and accelerate renewable energy implementation. With the passage of the IRA, we believe that our work will become even more crucial in promoting sustainable practices across industries.

By Samantha Nguyen

As a content writer at newsqwe.com, I am passionate about crafting engaging and informative articles that captivate our audience. With a background in journalism and a keen eye for detail, I strive to deliver content that is not only well-researched but also adds value to our readers' lives. From breaking news stories to in-depth features, I take pride in my ability to tell compelling stories that resonate with our diverse audience. When I'm not typing away at my keyboard, you can find me exploring new cafes, practicing yoga, or getting lost in a good book. I am thrilled to be a part of the newsqwe.com team and look forward to sharing my love for writing with all of our readers.

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