Laura Hagen is in her final year at Lewis & Clark Law School in Oregon, where she served on the Animal Law Review Editorial Board as Managing Editor and Submissions Editor, and authored the journal’s 2012 state legislative review. While in law school, Laura clerked for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Oregon Department of Justice, and Earthrise Law Center, and served as a volunteer intern for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States.
Prior to law school Laura’s animal protection work spanned from lobbying state lawmakers and testifying in support of animal protection legislation to serving as program coordinator for a large, urban animal shelter. Laura managed the creation of a non-profit that provides supportive services to keep elderly and very-low-income pet owners with their pets; served as treasurer and board member of the New England Federation of Humane Societies; and volunteers as a veterinary assistant in low-cost spay and neuter clinics.
Laura plans to use her law degree to continue advocating for strong state and federal laws that protect animals and their environments.