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CLIMATE SCIENCE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

Protecting the Scientific Endeavor

aka CSLDF   |   New York, NY   |  http://WWW.CSLDF.ORG

Mission

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) protects the scientific endeavor by putting its legal expertise to work for scientists who are threatened or silenced due to their findings or fields of study. Our work preserves and expands scientists’ rights and strengthens the legal protections that promote scientific integrity. We do this by: - Offering free legal aid to scientists - Educating researchers about their rights and responsibilities - Sharing strategies and information about cases with attorneys - Publicizing attacks on science

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Lauren Kurtz

Main address

475 Riverside Drive, Suite 246

New York, NY 10115 USA

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EIN

47-1941171

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (U01)

IRS filing requirement

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Legal Services

Free Legal Consultations: 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.

Legal Representation: 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.

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.

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Academics
Activists
Self-employed people
Retired people

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Board of directors
as of 11/29/2022
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Board chair

Scott Mandia

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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