The Sustainable Future Section supports sustainability within the Oregon legal profession and the practice of law through

  • educational programs
  • examination of the integration of law and sustainability, and
  • dialogue about the needs and interests of future generations.

The Section’s programs and activities include:

Partners in Sustainability: This program provides recognition for Oregon law offices that adopt practices to reduce the energy, resources, and toxic chemicals required to operate the office. Read more.

Programs: The Section organizes and co-sponsors panel discussions and presentations on a variety of topics at the intersection of sustainability and the legal profession. Topics range from bike law, to wildlife corridors, to green building trends. If you have an idea for a program, please contact us! Read more.

Engagement opportunities. Lawyers and law offices looking to engage in personal or community sustainability activities such as tree plantings or waste reduction can join one of the Section’s volunteer events or join the SFS Team for the annual EcoChallenge.

Study groups. Over the Section’s 10-year history, several work groups have been formed with lawyers and other practitioners on a variety of topics including moving towards paperless courts, protecting the rights of future generations through an office of legal guardian, and a climate change task force. The recommendations from the climate change task force are being implemented by the Climate Change Committee.

Advancing the law. The Section explores the appropriate role of the law and the legal profession in protecting the rights and opportunities of future generations. Where appropriate, the Section works to identify law improvements together with the Oregon State Bar public affairs committee.

The Section welcomes new members. If you would like to get involved in one of the Section’s committees, please contact us!