Elizabeth Baker is entering her third year at California Western School of Law. She is a lifelong friend of animals and an ardent animal advocate. Currently she serves as President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter at California Western School of Law. Under Elizabeth’s leadership, the SALDF chapter hosted educational lunch events that focused on animal issues such as breed specific legislation, federal prosecution, and how to get involved in Animal Law. The chapter also hosted “dinner-and-movie” get-togethers to screen animal-related documentaries that focus on legal issues, raised funds for three low cost spay/neuter events, built a kitten nursery, participated in the National Anti-Cruelty SALDF Fundraiser, and helped plan the California Annual Animal Law Symposium.
Elizabeth received the American Jurisprudence Academic Excellence Award for her scholarly writing on animal issues in FDA Law and Bioethics. Elizabeth is a founding member of the Center for Responsible Science, an organization dedicated to replacing preclinical safety and toxicological testing in animals with safer, human-based testing methods. Elizabeth has volunteered in animal rescue and adoption for seven years and has fostered over 50 dogs. Elizabeth is the director of San Diego Pet Match, and volunteered for Spay Neuter Action Project, Pit Bull Rescue of San Diego, and San Diego Central Shelter. Elizabeth lives with and loves her rescued pit-bull, Jake, and her foster dogs.
Elizabeth will use her law degree to further ALDF’s mission by continuing to focus on animal policy concerns. Following graduation, Elizabeth will continue her work to replace animal testing models with human based models.