Defending the scientific endeavor
We work in a number of ways to protect the scientific endeavor by helping defend climate scientists against politically and ideologically motivated legal attacks. We provide legal resources to climate scientists under attack, connect them with pro bono resources, as well as give attorneys information about other cases and strategies. And, we publicize the issues— because knowledge is power.
CSLDF takes an active interest in litigation involving climate scientists
Multiple climate scientists are currently involved in litigation in state and federal courts across the United States. CSLDF works to help raise funds for scientists’ legal defenses, serves as a resource in finding pro bono legal representation, and provides support during difficult litigation proceedings as well as when legal action is threatened.
We have directly raised funds for the legal defenses of Dr. Michael Mann and Dr. John Mashey, provided legal support for the joint representation of Dr. Malcolm Hughes and Dr. Jonathan Overpeck, and helped dozens of other scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks.
CSLDF works to educate scientists and the general public about legal attacks
CSLDF works to educate the scientific community about their rights and their responsibilities regarding legal issues surrounding their work, including providing confidential consultations with attorneys and other legal resources.
We also work to educate the general public about the legal issues facing scientists, growing awareness and support to continue our work and expand our reach.
CSLDF offers a powerful knowledge bank
CSLDF serves as a clearinghouse for information related to legal actions taken against scientists. We provide lawyers representing scientists with information about past cases and strategies.