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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 hall at booth #140. Stop by to say hello and find out what we have planned for next year.

You can also spend your lunchtime with CSLDF and hear from lawyers who deal with the challenges that scientists face everyday. Here is the schedule of workshops:

Monday 3 Dec 2012 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Legal Duties to Preserve and Disclose Scientific Data and Personal Communications
San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Salon 10

Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University will discuss the increasing number of Freedom of Information Act requests and subpoenas that scientists are facing, and what kinds of documents scientists are required to disclose and to whom. Special attention will be devoted to e-mail and social media.

Tuesday 4 Dec 2012 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The Law for Government Scientists
San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Salon 10

Kit Douglass from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) will discuss how legal provisions that affect you as a government scientist.

Wednesday 5 December 2012 from 12:30 – 1:30PM
An Inside Look at the Michael Mann Case
Moscone South: Mezzanine – Room 226

Peter Fontaine, counsel to Michael Mann and a leader of Cozen O’Connor’s Brownfield Development and Climate Change practices will use examples from recent Freedom of Information Act litigation American Tradition Institute v. University of Virginia to discuss the application of state public records acts to researcher electronic correspondence, the interplay between the Federal FOIA and state laws, practical issues related to document review, potential exemptions to protect correspondence from disclosure, and other legal theories for the protection of correspondence, such as the First Amendment and Academic Freedom, and emerging trends in this dynamic intersection between science and the law.