The Sept. 7 ACS Portland meeting is being held at the Lewis & Clark Law School at the invitation of the Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law program. Law School students as well as Lewis & Clark College undergraduates are welcome at this event.
SPEAKER: Lauren Kurtz, Executive Director, Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (New York)
TALK TITLE: "When Peer Review Turns to Legal Review"
ABSTRACT: 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 also have 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.
BIO: 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.
LOCATION: Lewis & Clark Law School (refer to map)map: http://www.lclark.edu/live/files/7676-campus-mapLegal Research Center - Lower Student Lounge 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard (Gate 1)Portland Oregon 97219
PARKING $3 per carHandicap parking ONLY in Law Center parking lot B at Gate 1. GENERAL Parking at Griswold Parking (parking lot C on campus map) at Gate 2. Purchase parking permit at INFORMATION KIOSK in parking lot. Walk downhill to the ROUNDABOUT and cross Palater St into GATE 1; proceed to Law School LEGAL RESEARCH CENTER entrance at NORTH END of building. Refer to MAP..map: http://www.lclark.edu/live/files/7676-campus-map
SCHEDULE: 6:00 Social / Bar6:45 PM buffet dinner (reserve dinner below)Recognition of 25 and 40 year membersAnnouncement of officer candidatesPauling Medal Symposium update7:45 PM talk/lecture
DINNER/LECTURE RESERVATION FORM BELOW$20 regular price vegan or meat entrée dinner$10 discounted dinner for students, high school teachers, or unemployed ACS membersNo charge for Lecture Only.
Complete the reservation form BELOW and click the blue SUBMIT button. If you checked "yes" that you intend to PREPAY for your dinner on the Section's SQUARE webpage, upon closing the form (after you click SUBMIT) you can click the link to go to the payment page. There is no cost to attend the lecture only.
Dinner and Lecture reservations FIRM deadline 9 AM Tuesday Sept. 5.
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