Brittany Mouzourakis will be entering her third year of law school at Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law. Brittany has been an active member of her law school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter the past two years, and next year she will serve as the president of SALDF. With her SALDF chapter, Brittany has helped bring many speakers to the law school, including Jeff Kerr, Chief Legal Counsel at PETA, and various representatives from the United States Humane Society. Brittany has also led a successful letter-writing campaign to stop a 4-H farm animal slaughter demonstration that was to take place on Penn State property. Moreover, Brittany has helped coordinate an annual “Pet Photo Contest” at her law school, which raised over $900 for the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Program this year.
In addition to her service to her law school’s SALDF chapter, Brittany is also an active member of the Penn State Law Review, where she serves as the managing editor. In addition to her passion for animal issues, Brittany also has a strong scholarly interest in animal legal issues. Brittany used her passion and interest in animal legal issues to write her student comment for the law review on a topic of animal law. Her comment, Tilikum’s Splash: Lessons Learned from Animal Rights-Based Litigation Strategies, was selected for publication at Michigan State University College of Law’s Journal of Animal Law & Natural Resources (forthcoming Fall 2013). Brittany is particularly interested in studying litigation strategies used by various animal advocacy organizations. She plans to continue to write in the area of animal legal scholarship.
Brittany is also an active volunteer at the Centre County PAWS animal shelter in State College, Pennsylvania. At PAWs, she is a front desk volunteer, where she is responsible for maintaining a peaceful environment even as the shelter gets busy, answering phones, taking donations, and informing Pennsylvania residents of low-cost spay and neuter clinics and voucher forms. Brittany is active in the spay and neuter initiative at PAWS, and has helped facilitate fundraising events to raise money so that PAWS can offer free voucher forms and subsidized clinics to Pennsylvania residents.
Brittany plans to use her law degree to help advocate for animals by continuing to write in the area of animal legal scholarship. Moreover, she fully intends to dedicate pro bono hours to animal legal issues while working as an attorney. Brittany plans to spend her free time mentoring SALDF chapters and encouraging law students to get involved in animal advocacy.