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Know Your Rights: Legal Literacy for Scientists

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West End Neighborhood Library

2301 L Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20037

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In recent years, well-meaning scientists and academics have experienced problems after advocating for science or taking a personal political stance. They’ve also become victims of harassment due to their findings or field of study, or after making public statements about their work.

This informal workshop, led by attorneys from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, will help scientists from all disciplines understand their legal rights and responsibilities, and how to handle these types of situations.

Among the topics we’ll discuss are how to separate personal advocacy and activism from one’s professional role, how open records laws may apply to research materials, anti-lobbying restrictions for federally-funded scientists, and what to do if you receive harassing correspondence or end up in political crosshairs. There will be ample time for audience questions and participation.

This session is presented through a partnership between 500 Women Scientists DC, the Union of Concerned Scientists Science Network, and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund. Join us for what is sure to be an informative night at the West End Public Library at 5:30pm on Tuesday, October 9. We look forward to seeing all of you!

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