CSLDF Files New Brief in Support of Protecting Climate Scientists

On Friday, March 25, CSLDF filed a brief (available here) as amicus curiae before the Pima County Superior Court in Arizona, arguing for protection of climate scientists’ private files against invasive open records requests by the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (“E&E Legal”). Since 2013, E&E Legal has been attempting to use Arizona open records laws to access 13 years of emails and other documents from University of Arizona climate scientists Dr. Malcolm Hughes and Dr. Jonathan Overpeck.  E&E Legal claims it deserves these files because it ...

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Our First Executive Director

To all our supporters, “After years of attacks, I am thrilled that there is a world class litigator whose full time job is to stand up for scientists.” –Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is excited to announce the hiring of Lauren Kurtz as its first Executive Director. Thank you to everyone who donated money to the fund and made this possible. Her first day is today and feel free to reach out to her with thoughts, ideas and words of encouragement as she takes on the important job of ...

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Reasons to Celebrate

Back in 2011, the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund came together in response to the mounting legal bills of Dr. Michael Mann in protecting his email correspondence. The litigation has been ongoing for the last several years and yesterday the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in Dr. Mann’s favor. His emails and the emails that colleagues from around the world included him on will be protected from groups whose only purpose is to distract from legitimate scientific discussions. For more on the ruling see click here for the Washington Post article. A second reason to celebr...

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Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Needs Your Help!

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) was launched in January 2012 by Scott Mandia and Joshua Wolfe to provide valuable legal resources to our climate scientists who are in need. CSLDF needs your help. CSLDF needs to raise $80,000. The great news is that philanthropist Charles Zeller has graciously offered to MATCH the first $40,000 that is raised and philanthropist Peter Cross has offered to put up the first $10,000. This means CSLDF already has the first $20,000 and needs only to raise another $30,000 in private donations to reach the goal. We need your to ...

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AGU 2013

This will be our second year at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. We are bringing a great program of legal education events this year. Please share this information with any colleagues of yours that would find it useful. One-on-One Availability With an Attorney For the entirety of AGU, the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund will be making available an attorney for private confidential meetings in Moscone South Mezzanine Room 264. To schedule a time email us at lawyer@climatesciencedefensefund.org or sign up outside the room if you would prefer not to ...

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New Climate Science Legal Defense Fund T-Shirts

  As the summer progresses, we are still raising funds towards our $35,000 goal. Help us get there by purchasing one of our red CSLDF t-shirts. Our supporters in the US can purchase the t-shirt here. T-shirts are $30 and go a long way to helping us provide legal services to the climate science community. International donors please add $10 for shipping and send the donation via paypal to info@peer.org. In your donation specify the size of t-shirt. Thanks for your continued support, Joshua Wolfe & Scott Mandia www.climatesciencedefensefund.org

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Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Summer Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who has supported our growth and development to date. We have had great successes in our first year and half and we hope to continue to build on those. To continue our programing through the end of the year we need to raise $35,000 this summer and need your help to reach our goal. The money will go to two projects of ours. First, it will retire the debt owed by Dr. Michael Mann for attorney’s fees in the FOIA case over his UVA emails. Read more about the case here. The money will also go towards continuing our program of sending attorneys to scienti...

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Climate Science Legal Defense Fund at AGU

Next week more than 20,000 members of the geosciences community gather in San Francisco for the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund will be there with a full slate of programs and opportunities. Throughout the conference, CSLDF will have lawyers available for one-on-one meetings with scientists. Please email us at lawyer@climatesciencedefensefund.org to reserve a time. You can also reserve time confidentially between 8am-3pm Monday thru Wednesday at Moscone South: Mezzanine - Room 264 We will be in the exhibit ...

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American Geophysical Union/Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Legal Education Webinar Series

American Geophysical Union/Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Legal Education Webinar Series In recent years, an increasing number of scientists have found themselves involved in legal discussions about their work, their correspondence, and their public statements. To better prepare the scientific community for these challenges, AGU and CSLDF have put together a legal education program for the scientific community. The goal is to both give a primer on the legal issues facing scientists and update them on legal situations currently making their way through the courts. ...

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Virginia Supreme Court Rejects Subpoenas of Climate Scientists’ Emails

Statement by Michael Halpern, Union Of Concerned Scientists Today, the Virginia Supreme Court rejected Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s Civil Investigative Demands (CID) — essentially subpoenas — that would have required the University of Virginia (UVA) to turn over emails and other private correspondence among former university climate scientist Michael Mann and dozens of his colleagues. (more…)

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