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ESG-in-Law Series Discusses Building Performance Standards and Systems Change

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April 2024

By Patrick Miller 

California Lawyers Association’s Environmental, Social and Governance Interest Group released two new episodes of our ESG-in-Law video series. The episodes featured discussions with Nicole DeNamur and Bruno Camargo. They both cover issues related to human rights in global supply chains. 

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You can find these conversations at the YouTube playlist link for the ESG Committee.  

Patrick Miller spoke with Bruno Camargo, Partner and Head of Latin America, ESG and Impact at Liance Legal. The conversation covered Bruno’s impressive breadth of experience—from anti-money laundering and corruption compliance to his holistic ESG advisory practice. They touched on issues with carbon credits and the importance of integrating Indigenous knowledge, worldview, and organizational models into corporate governance.

Bruno is qualified to practice law in Brazil and the European Union. Throughout nearly three decades of practice, Bruno has been instrumental in integrating ethics and ESG principles into business strategies, enhancing stakeholder trust, and fostering long-term sustainability and regenerative practices through robust programs that enhance human dignity and create inclusive/equitable workplaces. He is also a subject matter expert in antitrust, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, human rights, and related regulations. He has participated in numerous high-profile remediation teams for corruption and cartel cases. Bruno is also a founder of Paková Katu, an entrepreneurial hands-on (ESG) environmental, social, and regenerative project in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. 

Patrick also spoke with Nicole DeNamur about her innovative firm, Climate Aligned Law, where she combines over a decade of legal experience with deep knowledge of sustainable building processes. Their discussion covered rapidly emerging developments in mandatory building performance standards in cities and states across the U.S., how these new regulatory frameworks impact leasing and construction agreements, and some technical aspects of accounting for a building’s environmental impact throughout its lifecycle.

Nicole DeNamur was also a member of the team of lawyers tasked with transposing the work of The Chancery Lane Project to U.S. markets and relevance. Nicole transposed what is now known as “Willow’s Clause,” which works to manage the impacts of embodied carbon in construction. 

Patrick Miller is a member of the California Lawyers Association’s ESG Interest Group and the founding attorney at Impact Advocates APC. This Los Angeles-based law firm focuses on commercial litigation, international arbitration, and ESG advisory services, such as implementing responsible supply chain frameworks. 

The information in these recordings is provided for informational purposes only. You should consult with an attorney before you rely on this information. This information should not be seen as legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. This interview is meant to be a general discussion and may not include all relevant information regarding the issues covered. 


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