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.
- Reports and Publications
We publish educational materials intended to help attorneys understand the issues faced by scientists. See our full list of publications.
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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.
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 explains each state’s treatment of scientific records and assigns the state a letter grade from A to F accordingly. The report includes statutes, cases, decisions, and other pertinent legal information and examples of how groups have tried to use open records laws to antagonize scientists.
The report is 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.