Hear directly from climate scientists about what it's like to be threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups.
We provide a range of free legal services to help scientists understand their rights and responsibilities, including threatened and actual legal proceedings.
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Our free, confidential counseling services are available to scientists from all disciplines dealing with harassment or legal intimidation. We also help those who find themselves involved in legal discussions about their work, correspondence, public statements, or science advocacy.
These sessions enable researchers to better understand their situation and how to respond. Our attorneys also assist in circumstances where a scientist’s legal interests differ from their institution’s legal interests.
To request a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 801-0853.
We help scientists subjected to legal challenges by supplying pro bono representation, providing support during litigation proceedings, and raising funds for their defenses, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. We also help scientists proactively defend against threats to their research by filing scientific integrity or whistleblower complaints.
If a scientist is sued or is the subject of litigation, 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.
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 amicus briefs to show their support for protecting the integrity of the scientific endeavor.
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