Peter Masaitis, partner in the firm’s Products Liability Group and co-president of the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN), recently conducted a Q&A with HireanEsquire.com.
“[Alston & Bird views] sustainability as an integral part of our commitment to corporate responsibility, along with initiatives like diversity and pro bono programs,” said Masaitis.
He explained his work with LFSN and its mission: “The group’s mission is to establish sustainability as a key component of law firms’ professional responsibility. It’s important because it encourages leadership and innovation. Working with this network allows me to reach out to the legal community as a whole to share knowledge and encourage development and improvement of sustainable practices beyond my own firm.”
Masaitis also highlighted how LFSN’s American Legal Industry Sustainability Standards (ALISS) differs from a Leadership in Energy & Environmental (LEED) certification.
“ALISS is a LEED-life self-assessment tool that provides a comprehensive analysis of a firm’s sustainability and results in a ranking. It’s also a guideline for firms that are looking to improve their sustainability – to know what to do next. Unlike LEED, it is based on self-reporting so it is less cumbersome and expensive. There’s an online tool with an initial launch, first for LFSN members, on Earth Day this year.”