Become a CSLDF Campus Rep

We’re pleased to announce that we're launching a second round of our new Campus Representative Program and are seeking law professors to join the program. We’ve received additional interest in participating in the Campus Representatives program, and are holding an additional webinar-based training session for those who would like to join the program.

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Help Us Protect Science in Dangerous Times

We’re on a mission to defend the scientific endeavor. And now, when you make a gift in support of our work it will go twice as far. That's because Charles Zeller, one of our board members, has generously offered to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. All of our legal and educational initiatives are made possible by the generosity, enthusiasm, and dedication of our supporters, and the contributions we receive are immediately put to use protecting scientists.

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Perspectives of Scientists Who Become Targets: Malcolm Hughes

This series profiles scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups. Malcolm Hughes is a dendroclimatologist and former director of the Laboratory for of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. Hughes has been on the cutting edge of using the data from tree rings in the broader field of climate research; he’s also been targeted by climate contrarians for almost 20 years.

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Training Attorneys to Provide Legal Education for Scientists

On Friday, April 28, 2017 we hosted a workshop at Columbia Law School for the 17 law professors participating in our new Campus Rep Program. Motivated by a shared desire to defend climate science, these attorneys have volunteered to help scientists on their campuses understand how to protect themselves against harassment and legal attacks.

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March for Science: Know Your Rights

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, an official partner of the March for Science, has released an educational pamphlet, “March for Science: Know Your Rights” to help science advocates ensure that their march-related activities are constitutionally protected. The brochure is available as a free download to print and share. We’ll also mail copies free of charge to academic departments, organizations, and individuals to distribute.

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CSLDF Partners with March for Science

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce that it is an official partner of the March for Science, which will occur in Washington D.C. on April 22, 2017 and at more than 400 satellite locations around the world. The mission of the March — call to support publicly communicated scientific research and evidence-based policies — is closely aligned with our mission to protect the scientific endeavor.

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War Stories: Perspectives of Scientists Who Become Targets

In this series we profile scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups. What these researchers experienced, how they responded, and the lessons they learned provide valuable guidance for other scientists, and will help all readers understand the issues climate scientists may encounter because of their work. First in the series is Scott Mandia, Professor of Physical Sciences at Suffolk Community College.

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Useful Steps for Marching (and other Active) Scientists

At CSLDF, we have seen well-meaning scientists and academics experience problems after advocating for science (e.g., here) or taking a personal political stance (e.g., here or here). What’s a scientist to do? Don’t fret; prep. If you are one of the many scientists considering participating in the March for Science or engaging in other science-related activism, we are here to arm you with tools that will help you avoid ending up in political crosshairs.

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Stacking the Deck: How the GOP is Filling Federal Agencies with Climate Foes

The new political environment in the United States poses a serious threat to climate scientists. We want to occasionally call your attention to climate contrarians in the federal government and its main departments and agencies. Today we introduce Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) — and his protégés.

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The Importance of Good Email Practice

On March 2, the California Supreme Court ruled that the emails and texts of public employees dealing with official business are to be considered a matter of public record even if they are sent from private devices or accounts. The case demonstrates the importance of not commingling personal and professional email accounts, understanding how open records laws may affect you, and knowing how to keep your private communications private.

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