Angelique Rivard is entering her third year at Pace Law School in New York where she will be serving as president of the school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter. Originally appointed as Chair of SALDF’s Legal Projects Committee, she spearheaded several campaigns and initiatives including working with the Westchester County Board of Legislators to pass the county’s first animal abuser registry and also helped to ban the slaughter of geese within various towns around the county through commenting at town hall meetings and building relationships with local activists. Additionally, Angelique aided in strengthening her school’s SALDF chapter through organizing and promoting several events including their annual “Picnic with Pups” event, where local animal shelters bring adoptable dogs to campus in an effort to adopt out animals, raise awareness of shelter pets and offer therapeutic relief to students during finals. Angelique was also involved in her SALDF chapter’s success in bringing about “Meatless Mondays” to Pace Law School.
Since beginning law school, Angelique has worked on numerous animal law projects as Professor David Cassuto’s research assistant. She co-wrote Resolution 107, titled “Addressing the impacts of environmentally unsustainable industrial-scale agricultural and animal husbandry enterprises on climate change, food security and biodiversity,” which passed in September 2012 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature during their World Conservation Congress. As a research assistant, Angelique has researched and designed an interdisciplinary course for Pace Law School that incorporates animal law, ethics and ecology. She is also a contributor to the Animal Law Blog and competed in the 2013 National Animal Law Competition, Legislative Drafting and Lobbying Division. In addition to academic and organizational endeavors, much of Angelique’s free time is dedicated to advancing animal welfare. She volunteers for the Westchester County SPCA’s Humane Education Project where she teaches young students about the importance of animal care and how they can act as humane citizens. She does pro bono work for Assistant District Attorney Mary Ann Liebowitz in the Animal Cruelty Unit of the Westchester County Prosecutor’s Office. Prior to law school, Angelique received her Masters in Ethics and Society from Fordham University, where she focused her studies on Animal Ethics. In particular, she acted as editing assistant for a professor’s book involving animal ethics and traveled to Oxford University where she co-presented on the topic. She also interned with the Equal Justice Alliance, opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, while she was still an undergraduate student.
This summer Angelique is interning with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) under the supervision of HSUS’s State Director Alexis Fox where she is focusing on policy work, advocacy for laws that promote better welfare for animals and testifying at the Massachusetts State Hearings. She is also spending her summer researching nation-wide dangerous dog laws for the Animal Legal & Historical Center and compiling her research into a paper that will be published on the Michigan State University, College of Law website. Angelique plans to utilize her experience, skill set and passion by working to advance the interests of animals. Angelique believes that whether her future career involves doing policy work for an international organization or working in the animal cruelty unit of the district attorney’s office, a concerted effort is needed and every act is important. Ultimately, she hopes that after many decades of pursuit in animal law she will be able to teach animal law or a related course to students.