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Posted by: washingtonlawyers | November 17, 2007

Organizational Meeting of Washington Lawyers for a Sustainable Future

Organizational Meeting of Washington Lawyers for a Sustainable Future

Six of us met last week, hosted by Cliff Villa at the EPA offices. Those who participated were:

Alice Ostdiek, Foster Pepper
Catherine Maxson, Davis Wright
Cliff Villa, EPA
David Frankel, Law Office of David R. Frankel, interim coordinator
Dermot Randles, SU Law
Shane Robinson, SU Law

Several others of you expressed interest in attending, but were unable to make it. We of course welcome your participation at future meetings. Please forward this message to others who you think would like to participate, and ask them to contact me, and cc Cliff Villa (villa.clifford@epa.gov), and Rebecca Parker (parkerr@seattleu.edu).

The next meeting will be at noon on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, at the EPA offices. I will send out a reminder notice closer to the date.

Discussion Summary

Mission

The discussion last week focused on defining mission and early initiatives for a nascent “Washington Lawyers for a Sustainable Future”. We all agreed that it is essential that as lawyers we “walk the talk”, starting with pushing for adoption of sustainable practices within our firms or businesses. Alice Ostdiek suggested that in addition to identifying lawyer sustainability champions within firms, we try to recruit and coordinate with law firm administrators, whose organizational role places them on the front line with responsibility for many of the most important decisions affecting sustainability, such as supply orderering and lease negotiations.

I suggested that it is also important for us to include sustainability counseling in our roles as legal advisors to our business clients, to encourage them to adopt sustainable practices; and to advocate for changes to state and local regulations. There was some skepticism about the practicality of these courses of action, including how they would be received by senior managers of law firms. Cliff Villa also pointed out that if WSLF is to be a tax exempt organization, it can not engage in political activity and lobbying. Dermot Randles made the point, to which I strongly subscribe, that the business and regulatory climate is changing rapidly, and that it is squarely within the role of a responsible legal counselor to advise on these issues to help our clients prepare for the new reality. We then discussed how to advocate within our firms and organizations for recognition of this role as not just fuzzy altruism or an expression of a political viewpoint. Catherine Maxson and Alice Ostdiek pointed out that currently, their firms probably do not give pro bono credit for sustainability or environmental work against their annual billable hours quotas. I suggested that education and training of other lawyers about sustainabiliy issues and the importance of client counseling on them, was probably the most effective place to start. These efforts could include CLEs and in-house training sessions.

Organization, Structure and Governance

We agreed that for now, it is best to continue to meet for organizational discussions as a loose affiliation of interested lawyers. After a few more meetings, we can constitute a steering committee of up to half a dozen of us who are willing and able to guide WLSF forward. After we have a cohesive group established, we can decide what sort of legal entity can best accommodate our activities. We also agreed that while there are many other organizations, including those affiliated with the Bar, that have related missions and interests, we can preserve maximum freedom of action and impact potential by remaining independent but looking for ways to cooperate when it makes sense to do so. We also agreed that working closely and affiliating with Oregon Lawyers for a Sustainable Future and benefitting from their history and experience makes sense. Dick Roy has generously offered us the use of OLSF’s matierials and the benefit of his advice and that of OLSF’s steering committee, so there will be fewer wheels we need to invent as we go.

Future Meetings

We agreed to meet at least once a month to continue discussing mission, initiatives, and organizational issues. We would welcome participation in these foundational discussions by more of those who attended the events with Dick Roy earlier this month, and from others who are interested. Our thought is that after a few more meetings, we should be able to identify a core group of people who are able to take on a leadership role in building a Washington Lawyers for a Sustainable Future that will be useful to a much broader pool of participating lawyers, and that will help us all to direct our talents in the most effective ways to addressing the problems of sustainability.

Please do not hesitate to email me with any questions and to forward this message to others who would be interested in participating.

Best regards, and Happy Thanksgiving to all –

David Frankel,
Interim Coordinator

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