The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has awarded Alexis Braun one of ALDF’s Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships for her outstanding work in the growing field of animal law Alexis is entering her third year at the University of Houston Law Center, where she founded and currently serves as the President of the school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter. In the chapter’s first year, the group co-sponsored an event hosting the assistant district attorney for the Animal Cruelty Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and raised over $800 for Houston’s municipal animal shelter. Members of the chapter attended the Texas Humane Legislation Network’s Annual Conference in Austin in order to familiarize themselves with state legislation impacting animals and attended other local and state events regarding animal welfare. Alexis was thrilled to attend her first, but not last, Animal Law Conference this past year.
Outside of her SALDF activities, Alexis volunteers for the Texas Humane Legislation Network and for BARC, the municipal animal shelter for the City of Houston, for which she serves as a volunteer grant writer and adoption counselor. She is currently a remote intern for Animal Welfare Institute’s Wildlife Department, focusing on marine mammal welfare. Following the end of Spring Semester exams, Alexis traveled to Austin in order to lobby in support of a bill that, had it passed, would have banned the sale and purchase of shark fins in Texas.
Alexis came to law school with the goal of using her degree to pursue legal protections and rights for animals and hopes to find work with an animal welfare organization after graduating. Alexis hopes one day to be able to find work protecting farm animals in her home state of Texas.