[AGU/ CSLDF Legal Education Webinar] Jeff Ruch: "State Public Record Laws"

Start Date/Time: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 9:00 AM
Ending Date/Time: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 10:00 AM
Location: n/a

This webinar will provide an overview of the ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation American Tradition Institute v. University of Virginia, Prince William County. It will be hosted by Peter Fontaine, counsel to Dr. Michael Mann. The free-ranging discussion will include issues related to Dr. Mann's personal intervention in the case, application of state public records acts to researcher electronic correspondence, the interplay between the Federal FOIA and state laws, practical issues related to document review, potential exemptions to protect correspondence from disclosure, and other legal theories for the protection of correspondence, such as the First Amendment and Academic Freedom, and emerging trends in this dynamic intersection between science and the law.

RSVP to sciencepolicy@agu.org for this and other webinars.

Part of the American Geophysical Union/Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Legal Education Webinar Series.

About the Series:
In recent years, an increasing number of scientists have found themselves involved in legal discussions about their work, their correspondence, and their public statements. To better prepare the scientific community for these challenges, AGU and CSLDF have put together a legal education program for the scientific community. The goal is to both give a primer on the legal issues facing scientists and update them on legal situations currently making their way through the courts.

The legal education program will start with a series of webinars featuring some of the lawyers on the front lines of climate science litigation. These webinars will be followed by a series of legal education events at AGUís 2012 Fall Meeting. More information is available online.