Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Sustainability and Public Service

Public service is an integral part of SEER’s mission. We hold projects at Section conferences and partner with other organizations on sustainability-related initiatives.

April 2021 Webinar Recording: Learn About the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN)

Metrics and Pathways to Create a Sustainable Legal Organization: An Introduction to the Law Firm Sustainability Network & ALISS Assessment

During the webinar recording, you will hear from two LFSN member firms on how they continue to prioritize sustainability with support from the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS) and how participating in the assessment is one important step the legal industry can take to reduce environmental impact and help address climate change. You will also will hear from SEER leadership on how a recent ABA resolution on climate change and the SEER Pro Bono Initiative both support law firms and legal organizations in promoting sustainable development.   

Webinar speakers:

  • Gayatri Joshi, Executive Director, Law Firm Sustainability Network
  • Brook Detterman, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC
  • Nadia Wagner, Regional Office Administrator, Beveridge & Diamond PC
  • Amy L. Edwards, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP and past Chair, ABA SEER
  • Arlena Barnes, SEER Pro Bono Task Force Chair
  • Sonia Menon, Chief Operating Officer, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Spring Public SEERvice Project | Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:30pm ET

Join your colleagues for an engaging, important discussion on justice, diversity, and inclusion. During this hour-long virtual event, attendees will learn about the Korey Wise Innocence Project (KWIP), which is based at the University of Colorado Boulder, and find out how they can help advance its work. Register for free here.

The KWIP receives requests for help from people who believe they have been convicted despite being innocent of any offense and evaluates these claims to see if there are factual and legal grounds to get back into court with the claims. When the KWIP learns of a case that appears deserving of further investigation, the case is referred for further evaluation to volunteer lawyers, who may be assisted by Colorado Law students. For more information about KWIP, click here.

Make Every Day Earth Day

Earth Day reminds and presents us with an opportunity to join together as individuals, corporations, and governments to help create a greener and healthier environment for ourselves and our future generations. Find out how you can help make every day Earth Day.

SEER Pro Bono Initiative - Launched February 2021

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) recently launched a new pro bono initiative, which connects members with volunteer projects.

A wide range of opportunities are available through this initiative, including:

  • Providing legal advice or conducting research for community-based projects
  • Drafting and peer reviewing decarbonization-related model legislation

To learn more about the SEER pro bono initiative and to get involved, visit ambar.org/SEERprobono

More about our Partnership with the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN)

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) and LFSN have partnered to help drive industry-wide change by raising awareness of LFSN tools and resources created to help firms reduce their environmental impact. This partnership supports ABA House of Delegates Resolution 111, which urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and the private sector, to recognize their obligation to address climate change.

The LFSN is a nonprofit organization made up of law firms and legal departments committed to promoting the benefits of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility within their firms and throughout the legal industry.

The network is dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability in the legal industry and contributes to sustainability by fostering knowledge-sharing and collaboration through webinars, roundtables, and resources, including on-demand learning and case studies that explore a wide range of sustainability topics. 

This brochure provides additional information about the benefits that LFSN offers, including details about the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS), an online self-assessment used by firms to measure key aspects of sustainability, and to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.

You can learn more about the benefits of an LFSN membership here. If you have any questions about joining LFSN, please email Gayatri Joshi, Executive Director of the LFSN.

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Check out some of our past service projects!

Check out some of our past service projects!