What Attorneys Can Do

What Attorneys Can Do

Our programming for attorneys prepares them to defend researchers and protect the scientific endeavor. We also serve as a clearinghouse for information related to legal action taken against scientists, which can inform strategies for and outcomes of future cases.

Initiatives for attorneys and law professors include:

  • Campus Reps Program
    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. Learn more about the program.
  • Continuing Legal Education Workshops
    We offer a variety of continuing legal education (CLE) workshops to help the legal community understand the issues facing researchers and how to defend them against frivolous lawsuits. Our workshops meet the mandatory CLE requirements of state bars and are held around the United States.
  • Research Protections in State Open Records Laws: An Analysis and Ranking
    This report is the first in-depth analysis of the existing protections for scientific records, and their applications, in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It’s intended to help scientists and attorneys understand the best way to manage and respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, and encourage policymakers to consider the special issues of scientific transparency and enact policies that protect these important materials. Learn more and download the free report.
Join Our Legal Team

Are you a lawyer? Do you or your firm want to help out? We need firms willing to help scientists on a pro bono basis. Send us a message to start a conversation.

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Our campus rep 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.

Find a CSLDF campus rep in your area.

Our report is the first in-depth analysis of the existing protections for scientific records, and their applications, in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more and download the free report.

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