LEGAL SERVICES

We provide a range of support to help the climate science community defend against threatened and actual legal proceedings.

Legal Consulations

Our free, informal counseling services are available to scientists from all disciplines dealing with harassment or the threat of litigation. We also help those who find themselves involved in legal discussions about their work, correspondence, or public statements.

These sessions enable researchers to better understand their situation and how to respond. Our attorneys also assist in circumstances where the scientist’s legal interests differ from the institution’s own legal interests.

To request a free, confidential consultation with one of our attorneys, email lawyer@csldf.org or call 646-801-0853.

Legal Representation

We help scientists subjected to legal challenges by finding pro bono legal representation, providing support during litigation proceedings, and raising funds for their defenses, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

When a scientist is sued, their employer may take the lead on defense. In these cases, we offer pro bono services in concert with the institutional effort, adding critical issue-specific expertise.

Sometimes scientists become involved in cases as an individual. In these cases, we defend scientists directly, pro bono. Our extensive network of lawyers provides additional support as needed.

Amicus Briefs

We file amicus briefs, also known as “friend-of-the-court” briefs, which are legal documents filed in court cases by non-litigants to provide additional information or arguments that the court might choose to consider.

These briefs add valuable historical and policy context to the court’s knowledge of cases due to our niche knowledge in the specialty area of defending scientists against invasive open records requests and other intimidation tactics.

Scientific societies, advocacy groups, and industry researchers often sign on to our briefs to show their support for protecting the integrity of the scientific endeavor.

 

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