A Law Firm-Led Effort to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services to Sustainability-Focused Entrepreneurs and Non-Profit Organizations.
The Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy Initiative matches non-profits and start-ups working in the field of environmental sustainability with law firms providing pro bono legal services. The initiative continues to grow, with 17 law firms collectively providing over $55 million in pro bono services over the past three years to support sustainability efforts both inside and outside of the initiative.
Stanford Law School and Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy facilitate connections between participating firms and potential pro bono clients and track the effort’s impact, including directed research aimed at eliminating the barriers green startups face in accessing pro bono legal services.

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