Campus Representative Program

We’re holding a second training for the Campus Reps Program in early August — see below for more information and how to apply.

This initiative engages law professors in helping scientists understand how to protect themselves from harassment and legal attacks. We created the program with the goal of building a national network of lawyers at public and private universities who can serve as the first point of contact for researchers with questions about legal issues.

Campus Reps do not provide direct representation to scientists. Instead they serve as an educational resource and direct scientists to CSLDF as needed. Each Campus Rep receives training, materials, and ongoing support from CSLDF to prepare and assist them in working with scientists on their campus.

Our first cohort, selected in April 2017, consists of 17 law professors from around the United States. Read about the program in The New York Times.

Coming soon: An interactive map with the locations of our Campus Reps and information about how to contact them.

Become a Campus Rep

Due to additional interest in program, we plan to hold a second training via webinar for those who would like to become a Campus Rep. Anyone with a JD or LLM interested in working with scientists at their institution is eligible for the program; adjuncts and fellows are also welcome to participate.

We ask that all participants:

  • Attend a 2.5 hour training via webinar. The date of the training will be chosen based on participant availability, likely August 3, 4 or 9.
  • Host an educational workshop (all materials will be provided) for scientists on their campus
  • Meet with scientists who have concerns on an as-needed basis
  • Meet periodically with their university counsel and communications department
  • Refer academics in need to CSLDF
  • Allow CSLDF to add their contact information to our website
  • Maintain communication with CSLDF about their activities and progress

We’ll provide Campus Reps with materials to help them understand the legal issues facing scientists and prepare to support scientists; participants will also receive ongoing support from CSLDF.

Application Procedure

If you’d like to become a Campus Rep, please complete our brief application form by Friday, July 7. As part of your application, you will be asked to provide short answers to the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in participating in this program?
  • Do you have existing relationships with science departments on your campus?
  • How comfortable are you talking with and counseling scientists?
  • How comfortable do you feel conducting outreach in your local legal community, in case a scientist needs direct representation in your jurisdiction?

Please contact us if you have questions about the program or would like to know more about our work.