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Now, legal departments select law firms based in part on the firm’s environmental stance

You could see it coming. “In pitch documents, clients ask what we are doing as a firm on the environment,” says an office services manager at Simmons & Simmons. Here is yet another question on RFPs that may or may not ever make a difference.

As regards environmental efforts, Law Bus. Rev., Winter 2009 at 23, reports that 132 law firms in the UK belong to the Legal Sector Alliance, which shares knowledge about environmental strategies. The LSA has already implemented an accredited environmental management system.

There is likely to be a collective of law firms in the United States that focus on energy efficiency. I have not come across a legal department counterpart.