Legislative Affairs

Chris Green is ALDF’s director of Legislative Affairs, a program which helps pass tougher animal protection laws in state and federal legislatures, as well as county boards & municipal councils. Equally important, the program works to block bills proposed by those who seek to exploit or endanger animals.

Chris graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Illinois. In 2004, he published a groundbreaking article titled The Future of Veterinary Malpractice Liability in the Care of Companion Animals, in the Animal Law Review. The article was the first to calculate the economics of veterinary malpractice insurance, strongly supporting the argument of awarding damages beyond a companion animal’s replacement cost or “fair market value.”

A founding Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee, Chris has served on the Board of the National Center for Animal Law, acted as an advisor to the National Canine Research Council, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association and Illinois Farm Bureau.  Chris’s research also led to him being an invited member of the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Non-Economic Recovery Task Force, and an advisor to members of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Task Force on the Legal Status of Animals.

Chris has consulted on animal legal issues for CBS News, Dateline NBC, Science Magazine, Smart Money Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post. He contributed a section on liability issues for the book Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health, and frequently lectures on animal valuation and exotic animal ownership at law schools and veterinary colleges around the country. Next year, Chris will serve as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee during its 10th Anniversary term.

Outside of his animal law work, Chris has spent the last couple decades working in the music, film and fine arts industries–conducting business in over 30 countries on five continents. Chris also manages a farm that has been in his family for over 175 years, and which allowed him to know and appreciate the animals on the farm. As a result, Chris has been a vegetarian for 25 years. He is happy to now be making animal law the full-time focus of his professional life.

Carney Anne Nasser provides support for ALDF’s Legislative Affairs program by helping to develop legislative strategy and tactical responses to local, state, and federal laws that impact animals. She is also responsible for mobilizing Student ALDF (SALDF) chapters to support ALDF’s legislative efforts in North America. She draws on her professional expertise to provide in-house counsel on regulatory matters, legislative policy, and trends in animal law. This expertise includes ten years of litigation work in private practice, government, and the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served four years as litigation counsel for the PETA Foundation’s Captive Animal Law Enforcement department. In this capacity, Carney Anne played a key role in the rescue of Ben the bear—a joint legal initiative of ALDF and PETA–from a North Carolina roadside zoo and in his transfer to the PAWS animal sanctuary, where he now lives out his remaining years.

Prior to coming to ALDF, Carney Anne graduated from U.C. San Diego with a B.A. in political science and holds a J.D. from Tulane University, where she served as editor of The Sports Lawyer’s Journal. She also holds a graduate degree in community advocacy from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. In addition to her work at ALDF, Carney Anne is an adjunct lecturer at Tulane, where she teaches a seminar in animal law. She has served on the board of directors for the Humane Society of Louisiana and is a member of the ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee, the Texas Animal Law Committee, and previously served as the co-chair of the Animal Welfare Committee for the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.

Carney Anne is a recognized speaker on the national circuit and has served as national and international media spokesperson on a wide range of animal protection issues. She has been interviewed and recognized on outlets including CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox, the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, NPR, and has been quoted in numerous international media outlets. She has been an active animal advocate for more than twenty years and, although a Bay Area native, currently lives in New Orleans with her sons and her dog Ranger.

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