Lindsey Wallace is entering her third year at Georgetown University Law Center, where she is currently an advisory board member of the university’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter.
Lindsey’s animal advocacy began when she was only 16 and has continued throughout her college and law school careers. In high school, Lindsey founded a club to raise funds and awareness for low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to address the high shelter kill rates in her home state of South Carolina. During her college career, Lindsey volunteered as a community member of the Animal Control Advisory Board to advocate for “Trap, Neuter, Return” solutions to feral cat overpopulation in Durham, North Carolina. She was awarded the Truman Scholarship for the State of South Carolina in 2010 for her public service in college to pursue a law degree to continue her path in advocating on behalf of animals through the legal system.
This past year, Lindsey served as the co-president of her school’s SALDF chapter and spearheaded the chapter’s First Annual Animal Law Week, hosting a number of events, including panels on current topics in animal law, SALDF social events, and a trip to a local area animal sanctuary. The main event, a panel on the recent influx of “Ag-Gag” bills, included such impressive panelists as Will Potter, independent journalist and author of Green Is The New Red, Suzanne McMillan, ASPCA Director of Farm Animal Welfare, Amanda Hitt, Director of Food Integrity Campaign at the Government Accountability Project, Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel and Policy Advisor for the Washington Legislative Office of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Erica Meier, executive director of Compassion Over Killing. The Georgetown University Law Center’s Animal Law Week was a huge success, with participation from area law students, members of area nonprofits, and local residents, a press release from Georgetown picked up by Greenwire, eAlerts from multiple animal welfare organizations, and even preliminary attention from C-SPAN.
During her time at Georgetown University Law Center, Lindsey has also worked as a legislative intern for the Animal Welfare Institute, lobbying on behalf of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, and other legislation during the 112th Congress. She also worked as a legal intern in the Companion Animals, Research, and Neglect section of the Animal Protection Litigation Division of the Humane Society of the United States. She also served as a law clerk for Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal, a public interest law firm focusing on animal and environmental issues.
Lindsey has always been passionate about acting as a “voice for the voiceless” and advocating for those in the system that cannot represent themselves. She plans on using her law degree to advocate on behalf of animals through the legal system and work within the network of D.C. area nonprofit organizations to lobby for animal protective legislation in the District.