Board of Directors
Sarah Luick joined ALDF’s board in the early 1980′s after starting (with Steven Wise) a regional ALDF chapter in Boston, served as Secretary for many years, and has been chair of the Board since 2011. Sarah worked on the amicus brief filed by ALDF to uphold the Maryland cruelty conviction of Dr. Edward Taub, who experimented on the Silver Springs primates. She also assisted with legal arguments on the Provimi Co. case, challenging the crate-raising of calves for veal. She has participated in ALDF conferences over the years and was a judge in the annual animal law moot court competitions until 2011. Sarah has also long been involved in various animal advocacy organizations in Massachusetts while maintaining her job as a Massachusetts state Administrative Law Judge. She lives on Boston Harbor with her rescued pal Lolly—a big bundle of happy energy black lab-husky mix.
Marilyn Forbes joined the ALDF board in 2009. She is a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University School of Law and also practices law with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, www.wcsr.com. Marilyn loves that her firm chose a bulldog named Winston as the firm’s mascot. Marilyn’s focus has been on litigation and litigation skills in her dual role as a professor and a practicing attorney. In addition to litigation and ethics courses, Marilyn teaches animal law at Duke Law. Marilyn has had a lifelong love of animals. Her interest in animal legal issues evolved after initially handling a pro bono animal cruelty case for an animal protection group against a hunting club. She has litigated several hoarding cases in North Carolina. She is honored to share her life with Rocker, a wonderful golden retriever. Rocker specializes in both retrieving and reclining.
Jim Rockenbach was elected to ALDF’s board in 2008. Prior to that, he was a board member and treasurer of the Animal Protection Institute out of Sacramento, California. Jim’s involvement with both animal rights causes and the Animal Legal Defense Fund date back to the early 1980’s. After nearly thirty years of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jim returned to the place where he was born and raised, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently employed as in-house counsel to a national mortgage banking company, where he specializes in consumer protection law. Jim’s wife, Diane, a California native, joined him in the journey to Philadelphia, not really having a clue what she was getting herself into.
Lisa Brewer joined the ALDF Board in 2014. She has worked as an attorney at Hewlett-Packard Corporation and Apple, Inc., and also served as General Counsel for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. She currently has her own law practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on workplace investigations. Lisa’s international experience includes living in Tokyo, Japan, where she developed a consulting practice conducting management and negotiation training workshops. Traumatized at an early age by the story of Black Beauty, Lisa developed a strong sensitivity to the plight of animals subjected to cruelty by humans. She has actively supported humane societies and animal shelters in the San Francisco Bay Area and Honolulu, and has worked as an adoption counselor volunteer for the San Francisco SPCA. She and her husband share their home with two affectionate rescue cats: Pearl, a short-legged and sassy tabby/calico mix, and Joey, a beautiful Russian Blue/tabby with a tiny brain and a huge heart.
David N. Cassuto joined ALDF’s board in 2011 and is a professor of law at Pace Law School, where he specializes in environmental and animal law. He also directs the Brazil-American Institute for Law & Environment. David has long been interested in animal law and animal ethics, a journey which began with environmentalism and still springs from there. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, son and Labra-doodle. When not teaching law, David can usually be found outdoors. In the winter time, he is a professional ski instructor. During other seasons, he is an amateur everything else.
Nicole joined the ALDF board in June 2012. Nicole has worked at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco on white collar defense and securities litigation cases since 2006. In 2012, Nicole and her family moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for her husband’s job. She now contracts with Orrick and a number of animal law nonprofits. Her current focus is suing concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) for environmental violations and nuisance. Before her children were born, she and her husband were actively involved in dog and cat rescue, fostering over 300 animals. Nicole was on the board of Wonder Dog Rescue and co-founded Family Dog Rescue, both in San Francisco. Nicole has been actively involved in animal protection litigation since law school, handling over a dozen cases. While in law school, she was the co-president of the Northwestern SALDF chapter and wrote a manual on how to establish an animal law clinic. She has been a judge at the animal law moot court competition and is writing the problem for the competition in 2013. Nicole has always been passionate about animal protection, becoming vegetarian at 7 years old and vegan at 21. She has two biological children, Alex (4) and Nathan (2), and an adopted dog, Dexter (8). She enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, yoga, playing bridge, and showing people that vegan food is delicious.
Wendy Morgan joined ALDF’s board in 2014 and is a family law attorney experienced in business, entertainment, and animal rights law. In addition to her law degree, Wendy holds a master’s degree in depth psychology from the Center for Intentional Living. From 2003-2007 she was a deputy city attorney for Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Campbell, California. She currently serves as a settlement judge pro tem in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties and is committed to alternative dispute resolution. She is passionate about animal rights and has volunteered at animal rescue sites in the U.S. and Africa, working with nonhuman primates. She has one daughter and lives with three four-legged beings, two cats and one dog.
Victoria Stack joined ALDF’s board in 2014. She is a co-founder and director of International Communication Initiatives, a nonprofit whose mission is to design, coordinate, and promote cross-disciplinary projects that advance a humane and environmentally conscious society. In this capacity, Victoria was a delegation member of a U.S. State Department-funded trip to document findings on landmine eradication employing dogs and helped to establish a public-private program on this issue, “The K-9 Demining Campaign Corps,” operated by The Marshall Legacy Fund. Victoria is also one of the original board members of the U.S. arm of Fauna & Flora International, having provided support and leadership for many years as honorary secretary. She is also a member of the board of directors of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and a past board member of Rachel’s Network. She is on the Advisory Council for Earthwatch Institute and on the Ocean Council for Oceana, and she is a national trustee of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Kennedy Center. Victoria is an alumna of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Environment Programme, affiliated with University of Cambridge. She received her master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University.
New to ALDF’s board in January 2012, Michelle has operated Paws Pet Boutique in Annapolis, Maryland since 1999. In 2001, she worked with county officials and led the public effort to create the first fenced dog park in her county. Through the boutique, Michelle regularly hosts dog-friendly, fun events that educate people while raising funds for a variety of animal protection charities. After fostering and adopting a Jack Russell terrier named Ben, who came from ALDF’s famous Woodley dog hoarding case, Michelle made a commitment to support ALDF. She has created different ALDF fundraisers, including five “Ben’s Cruise for Compassion” events, which raised $40,000 in donations from the last two cruises alone. In her free time, she enjoys living by the water and spending time with her husband Larry (who also works at the Boutique), her three rescued Jack Russell terriers (Davis, Ben, and Sprocket) and her adopted tuxedo cat named Ali.