If anyone wants to donate to Shermer's legal fees, see here:
This feels...odd to me. You most frequently see legal funds for defense purposes; to help people who are on the receiving end of a legal action. You also see them sometimes to help people who suffer some sort of harm (e.g. abuse, plagiarism, etc), but don't have the resources to pay an attorney.
But raising money to fund the plaintiff's legal fees in a potential defamation case? For someone who already *has* an attorney? Heck, it's not uncommon for attorneys to take on defamation cases on a contingency-fee arrangement, such that there's no legal fees incurred unless money is won.
And if it's *not* a contingency-fee agreement, then having a pool of donated money sitting around could become a incentive for an attorney to overwork a case, knowing that the money is there to pay for the extra hours billed, without any loss to the client himself.