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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

“When Peer Review Turns to Legal Review” with Lauren Kurtz, Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

Date: 7:45pm PDT September 7, 2017 Location: Legal Research Center

Legal Research Center

The scientific method is designed around the belief that skepticism is good.  Results should be subjected to scrutiny through the peer review process, followed by close examination and replication by others in the scientific community.  However, researchers sometimes do not realize their work may also be subject to another form of scrutiny:  legal review.  In particular, the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state law equivalents have provided an increasingly common forum for taxpayers to seek review of scientists and their research.  Scientists have also been targeted with ideologically motivated investigations, threatened with defamation lawsuits, and even sued for “tortious interference with business relationships.”  This talk will discuss some of the legal issues that researchers have faced, and provide tips about how researchers can protect themselves.

Lauren Kurtz is the Executive Director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF), which works to defend climate scientists in a variety of legal actions, as well as educate scientists about their legal rights and responsibilities.  Prior to joining CSLDF, Lauren was a litigation associate at the international law firm Dechert LLP.  At Dechert, she represented commercial and individual clients on complex commercial disputes.  Lauren graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

This event is brought to you by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Portland Section

Event Cost

Open to the public. Optional networking and dinner before talk starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets available for dinner HERE - $10/students/high school teachers, $20/general.

Public lecture starts at 7:45 p.m.