Oregon Lawyers for a Sustainable Future
In 2006, Center Co-Founder Dick Roy took steps to form Oregon Lawyers for a Sustainable Future (OLSF), a project of the Center for Earth Leadership operating outside the structure of the Oregon State Bar (OSB). As a result of OLSF efforts since that time, Oregon lawyers as a group are now recognized sustainability leaders within the American legal profession.
Beginning in 2006, OLSF created six tools to encourage lawyers and law offices to pursue sustainable practices. In late 2008, at the instance of OLSF, OSB appointed a task force of 14 lawyers, including numerous members of the OLSF steering committee, to explore the interface between sustainability and the Oregon legal profession. At the recommendation of the task force, OSB has taken several pioneering steps, the most significant being creation of the OSB Sustainable Future Section. See the record of OLSF accomplishments.
Two initiatives of OLSF have gained national recognition:
- Development of a series of six tools for the sustainable law office; and
- Presentation of a four-session Lawyers' Earth Leadership Seminar to 17 cohorts of 12 lawyers each.
The success of OLSF has spawned initiatives in other states including, for example, Washington Lawyers for Sustainability.
The Center has established a web site for a national movement, Lawyers for a Sustainable Future, as a platform for elevated leadership by lawyers looking ahead.
For more information on lawyer sustainability initiatives,
please contact the Center: 503-227-2315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.