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Climate Pro Bono Bootcamp: Complimentary Virtual CLE Conference

January 17 at 12:30 pm EST

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Learn the skills you need to provide pro bono support to climate-friendly causes, communities, and startups! Pro bono is the most underrated tool for career development, especially among would-be climate lawyers.

What else allows you to develop skills, make connections, and find climate clients, all while doing meaningful work for the planet? So, no matter your role, employer, or experience, join us for a complimentary virtual conference where you will learn how to get started doing pro bono that will help the planet and your career.

During the conference, we will discuss how to find pro bono opportunities and maximize your impact, and we will also provide specific instruction in the substantive skills you need to do pro bono work for renewable energy projects, climate startups, non-profits, sensitive communities, and other climate-friendly ventures.

Faculty will include:

  • Elizabeth Crouse - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Stephanie Demetry - Green Pro Bono
  • Matthew Eisenson - Columbia Law School, Sabin Center for Climate Change
  • Matthew A. Karmel - Offit Kurman, P.A.
  • Insung Kim - Dechert LLP
  • Josh Kim - Dechert LLP
  • Ellen Mathews - Burr & Forman
  • Michael Showalter - Arent Fox Schiff LLP
  • Yana Spitzer - ENGIE North America
  • Kevin R. Watkins - RWE Clean Energy

Complimentary Virtual CLE Conference

Day 1: Wednesday, January 17, 12:30 - 2:30 PM ET
Day 2: Thursday, January 18, 12:30-2:30 PM ET

Participants need to attend each full two-hour session to earn CLE credit. A maximum of 4 CLE credits will be awarded to those attending the full conference. CLE hours for partial attendance will not be awarded.


Day 1: Wednesday, January 17, 12:30 - 2:30 PM ET

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12:30 - 1:00 PM ET: How (and why!) to do climate pro bono – Matthew A. Karmel (Offit Kurman) and Stephanie Demetry (Green Pro Bono)

1:00 - 1:50 PM ET: Use capitalism to combat climate change! Pro bono perspectives on green corporate formation, tax considerations, and compliance – Josh Kim (Dechert), Insung Kim (Dechert) and Elizabeth Crouse (Perkins Coie)

2:00 - 2:30 PM ET: Regulating climate? How to interpret (and change!) regulations for the climate good – J. Michael Showalter (ArentFox) and Matthew A. Karmel (Offit Kurman)


Day 2: Thursday, January 18, 12:30-2:30 PM ET

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12:30 - 1:30 PM ET: Approaches (and skills) for advancing renewable energy implementation through pro bono – Matthew A. Karmel (Offit Kurman), Elizabeth Crouse (Perkins Coie), Yana Spitzer (ENGIE North America), Kevin R. Watkins (RWE), and Matthew Eisenson (Sabin Center)

1:30 - 2:20 PM ET: Safeguard the planet through IP protections! An overview of IP-related climate pro bono – Ellen Mathews (Burr & Forman)

2:20-2:30 PM ET: Closing Takeaways — Matthew A. Karmel and Green Pro Bono

Registration and CLE are complimentary, but donations are encouraged to Green Pro Bono, a non-profit that connects lawyers with climate-related pro bono.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will the Climate Pro Bono Bootcamp be recorded?

A: Yes! The event will be recorded, and the recording will be provided to all registrants. However, CLE can only be provided to registrants that participate in the live event.

Q: Do I need to sign up for both days?

A: No. You can sign up for either day and come and go as you please throughout the day. However, participants need to attend each full two-hour session to earn CLE credit. A maximum of 4 CLE credits will be awarded to those attending the full conference. CLE hours for partial attendance will not be awarded.

Q: Do I need to stay for the entire conference?

A: No. You can come and go as you please throughout the day. However, CLE can only be provided for the amount of time you actually attend the event.

Q: Will there be future events?

A: Yes! We will have regular events on various topics relating to climate lawyering. Register or sign up for our newsletter, the Planetary Lawyer Project, to make sure you get invited to future events.

Q: Is this event only for lawyers?

A: The event is only for lawyers, but there are other wonderful organizations that provide resources for non-lawyers.

Presented by the Planetary Lawyer Project, Offit Kurman, P.A., and Green Pro Bono.

Sponsored by GoInhouse®. Please reach out to matthew.karmel@offitkurman.com for information on partnerships and sponsorship opportunities.

CLE is expected to be available for this event in CA, DE, IL, GA, NJ, NY, and PA. Participants who attend a full session will receive a Certificate of Attendance to apply for credit with their jurisdiction.

Participants need to attend each full two-hour session to earn CLE credit. A maximum of 4 CLE credits will be awarded to those attending the full conference. CLE hours for partial attendance will not be awarded.

Please feel free to contact matthew.karmel@offitkurman.com for further information.



Offit Kurman, a full-service AmLaw 200 law firm with offices throughout the East Coast and in Southern California, serves dynamic businesses, individuals and families. Founded in 1987, the firm's 280+ attorneys counsel clients across more than 30 areas of practice. Offit Kurman helps maximize and protect business value and personal wealth by providing innovative and entrepreneurial counsel that focuses on clients' business objectives, interests and goals. The firm is distinguished by the quality, breadth and global reach of its legal services and a unique operational structure that encourages a culture of collaboration.

Our Environmental and Sustainability Practice helps businesses and individuals navigate complex environmental matters and advance innovative sustainability solutions. The group's seasoned attorneys counsel clients ranging from publicly held companies to individual homeowners on the full range of environmental and sustainability matters, whether involving transactions and commercial arrangements, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, or regulatory compliance and operations. Our attorneys are passionate advocates for clients and the environment and have been recognized by government and industry for their leadership and influence. Our attorneys are sought-after authorities at the forefront of the environmental and sustainability issues facing our clients and the planet, and they also provide critical pro bono representation to environmental causes.



The Planetary Lawyer Project is an all-inclusive online resource for lawyers who want to do more for the planet, including a bi-weekly newsletter sharing curated job openings, pro bono opportunities, interviews with industry leaders, and your next climate-friendly client. If you are a lawyer interested in unique ways to do more for the environment, The Planetary Lawyer Project is for you.



Green Pro Bono is a non-profit legal services organization with a mission to help non-profits and social entrepreneurs define their legal needs and provide legal assistance for environmental changemakers who otherwise cannot afford the legal help they require. By offering pro bono legal aid for green social entrepreneurs, Green Pro Bono is doing its part to expedite the innovations necessary to combat climate change.


January 17
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST
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