Sustainability by Oregon statute means “using, developing and protecting resources in a manner that enables people to meet current needs and provides that future generations can also meet future needs, from the joint perspective of environmental, economic and community objectives.” ORS 184.421
A sustainability focused legal practice supports the proposition that attorneys contribute to the preservation of the planet through their personal and professional actions. Since attorneys are only as good as their clients, a practice devoted to sustainable businesses and individuals intentionally seeks to support critical value. Every client deserves to be represented by an attorney with the highest ethical and professional standards; sustainability demands that attorneys act responsibly not only to a client’s needs but also toward the Earth and future generations.
See Also: Woods, Barry T, Advancing the New Economy; Oregon Lawyers Embrace Sustainability, Oregon State Bar Bulletin – October 2009