Zach Ferguson is entering his third year of law school at the University of North Carolina. After serving as treasurer of his Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter, he became president last year. He helped the chapter build on past activities and broaden its activities into new areas. He has most enjoyed connecting the chapter with other allied groups in the community, broadening the group’s membership and executive board, and overseeing the SALDF’s second Animal Law Symposium.
Zach also worked with his SALDF chapter to host PETA’s interactive factory farming exhibit “Glass Walls” on campus, lobby for vegan options at university events, establish a SALDF lending library, bring a shelter dog each month to the law school, and raise money for animal charities. He made the trip to the 20th Annual Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark Law School last year and greatly enjoyed the speakers, meeting other SALDF members, and being able to bring what he learned to use back in North Carolina.
In a newly created “Officer-at-Large” position, Zach hopes to recruit even more students to SALDF and continue making the group an active and visible advocate for animals in North Carolina. He is vegan and is particularly interested in advancing animal welfare through legislation and consumer activism. Zach is engaged to the SALDF chapter’s outgoing vice president, Stephanie Mellini, and they look forward to using their legal skills to protect animals after graduation.