Preventing robots from crawling specific part of a page
I've got a pretty weird scenario that I was wondering someone could help me out with.
I recently created a blog site and noticed that search engines have been including the content of my footer in with the description. This presents a problem because my footer is basic a brief legal statement saying that the views are my own and don't represent the company I work for (and yada yada yada). So, basically, I need a way to prevent search engines from indexint that content in my footer or even my footer altogether. I've been looking back through some of my SEO books and searching through forums but this doesn't seem possible.
Is it possible to keep search engines from indexing only certain content on a page?
If it isn't possible, what alternatives are there to ensure this legal mumbo jumbo doesn't show up in the results?