Conference Speakers

These were the speakers at the 2013 Animal Law Conference.

Keynote Speaker

Jane Velez-MitchellJane Velez-Mitchell, Television Journalist, Author

Jane Velez-Mitchell is an award-winning television journalist, a bestselling author, and the host of her own show on HLN, Jane Velez-Mitchell, which airs weeknights at 7 P.M. EST. She is frequently in the media as an expert commentator on high-profile court cases, appearing on CNN, HLN, omg! Insider, TRU TV, E!, Dr. Phil and other national television programs. She has also served as a guest host for Nancy Grace on her HLN show. In 2010, her HLN show garnered a Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States, her third. Velez-Mitchell has won two others for Celebrity Justice, as well as a Los Angeles Emmy Award and a New York Emmy Award. In 2010, she was awarded the Ruby Award by Soroptimist International for her coverage of missing women and children. Velez-Mitchell has covered the biggest trials of the last two decades, from the O.J. Simpson trial to the George Zimmerman trial. She was in the courtroom daily for the Michael Jackson child molestation trial and reported live from outside the Orlando, Florida courthouse as Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murder. Velez-Mitchell also was at court in Phoenix for the riveting climax of the Jodi Arias trial as she was found guilty of premeditated murder. She will return to Phoenix for the Jodi Arias penalty phase re-trial as a new set of jurors decide if she will live or be put to death by lethal injection.


Meena AlagappanMeena Alagappan, Executive Director, Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART)

Prior to joining HEART, Meena was a humane education consultant for Animal Welfare Trust, a private operating foundation. She was also a senior instructor for an academic test preparation company for 10 years and practiced corporate law at a Manhattan law firm for 3 years.

Meena is former Chair of both the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee and the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals and PAWS (Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society).

She is the author of “The United States’ Enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species” published in Northwestern University’s Journal of International Law and Business and co-author of “A Note on Pedagogy: Humane Education Making a Difference” published in the Journal of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies.

Meena received her B.A. from Cornell University, J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

David BenzaquenDavid Benzaquen, Founder and CEO, PlantBased Solutions

David Benzaquen is the founder and CEO of PlantBased Solutions, a company specializing in marketing and brand management for vegan food companies. The company’s clients include Gardein, Treeline Cheese, Taft Foodmasters, and Chicago Vegan Foods, among others. Prior to founding PlantBased Solutions, he led corporate, legislative and grassroots campaigns for organizations including Farm Sanctuary and NARAL Pro-Choice New York. David holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from The New School for Public Engagement and a bachelor’s degree from American University.

Pat BrownPatrick Brown, Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford School of Medicine; Member, Stanford Cancer Institute

Dr. Patrick Brown is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He began his career in the field of chemistry, graduating with his B.A. (honors) from the University of Chicago in 1976. He then moved to the Department of Biochemistry, where he was awarded his Ph.D. on studies of DNA topoisomerases, under the mentorship of Nicholas Cozzarelli, Ph.D. After completing his M.D. and pediatric residency, he moved to the University of California–San Francisco, where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Drs. J. Michael Bishop and Harold E. Varmus. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University School of Medicine, as an assistant professor and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Taimie L. Bryant, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Professor Bryant has published several articles on Japanese law, focusing primarily on family law in Japan. However, since 1995 she has been interested primarily in animal law. She teaches classes in that subject, and in 1998 she was the lead drafter of California state legislation to shift animal sheltering from killing to saving lives. That legislative work resulted in Bryant’s serving as a consultant regarding the extent to which the animal shelter legislation was a state mandate requiring reimbursement of local government. She has also written two articles about the legislation and its aftermath.

Professor Bryant’s recent scholarship concerns issues of theory in animal law. In a paper entitled “Trauma, Law, and Advocacy for Animals,” she draws on social science and medical literatures that document the traumatic effects of witnessing violence that society has not yet recognized. She applies that literature in the context of advocates for animals, arguing that some forms of legal activism that seem ineffective for helping animals actually increase public activism and understanding of animal suffering, thereby making other forms of legal change more likely. Professor Bryant also utilizes the literature of social justice activism in feminism and disability rights areas in order to inform activism for animals. In particular, she seeks to combine the approaches of radical feminism and social justice activism in her work on animal protection.

Professor Bryant earned a doctorate in anthropology from UCLA. She uses her training in anthropology to inform her work on nonprofit organizations, animal law, and property law. She is also developing projects that combine social science with law, supported by funds from a generous endowment by Bob Barker to UCLA Law School for the purpose of animal rights law teaching and scholarship.

David CassutoDavid N. Cassuto, Professor of Law, Pace Law School; Director, Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE)

David N. Cassuto is Professor of Law at Pace Law School, where he teaches in the fields of animal law, environmental law, and property. He serves on the board of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and is also the Class of 1946 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Environmental Law at Williams College and a Visiting Professor of Law at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. He holds a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, a PhD from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. Prior to joining the Pace faculty, he practiced complex civil litigation, clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and was a professor of American Literature.
He speaks and writes frequently on animal law & policy as well as many other topics within environmental law and environmental and cultural studies. In addition to several books and many articles on topics ranging from water as cultural signifier to climate change & factory farms, Professor Cassuto is also the founder and principle contributor to the Animal Blawg, a blog on animal law, ethics, and policy.

Maneesha DeckhaManeesha Deckha, Associate Professor, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law

Maneesha Deckha is Associate Professor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. Her research interests include critical animal studies, feminist theory, law and culture, animal law, and bioethics. Her work has been published in Canada and internationally. Her animal-related publications have appeared in the Hastings Women’s Law Journal, the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, Ethics & the Environment, the Animal Law Review, the Journal of Animal Law and Ethics, the Stanford Journal of Animal Law and Policy, Unbound: the Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, and Animal Law.

Professor Deckha is the recipient of grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In 2008 she held the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Law and Society at New York University to pursue her book project integrating critical animal studies with animal law.

Professor Deckha has taught her seminar Animals, Culture and the Law at NYU and the University of Victoria. She has also taught courses in Bioethics, Personhood and the Law; Feminist Legal Theories; Administrative Law; Property; Law, Legislation and Policy; and Legal Process. She has been the recipient of the Faculty’s Annual Teaching Award and University of Victoria Learning and Teaching Centre Grants in support of her interactive pedagogy. In 2006, her seminar on Animals, Culture and the Law received the U.S. Humane Society’s Animal and Society New Course Award.

Professor Deckha received her B.A. from McGill University, her LL.B from the University of Toronto and her LL.M from Columbia University.

Carter DillardCarter Dillard, Director of Litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Carter Dillard is the director of litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Prior to joining ALDF, Carter was appointed to the faculty of Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law, as a Westerfield Fellow. He also served as an Honors Program attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and as a legal advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in the National Security Law Division. Carter later joined Compassion Over Killing as general counsel and then the Humane Society of the United States, where he served as director of farm animal litigation. He has a B.A. from Boston College, a J.D., Order of the Coif and with honors, from Emory University, and an LL.M. from New York University where he wrote his thesis under Jeremy Waldron. He is a peer reviewer for the journal Bioethics, and his work has been published by Yale, Duke, and Northwestern universities. Carter has been invited to speak at the UN World Civic Forum, has appeared on Fox Business News, and he has been quoted as an animal law expert in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.

David FavreDavid Favre, Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

David Favre is a professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law. Professor Favre has written several articles and books dealing with animal issues including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. His books include Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights (2nd ed.), Animal Law and Dog Behavior and International Trade in Endangered Species. He also has presented to international audiences on these topics. He created and is editor-in-chief of the largest animal legal web resource, Now residing on a farm in lower Michigan, Professor Favre shares his space with sheep, chicken and the usual dogs and cats.

He was a national officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund for 22 years. Presently he is the Legislative Chair of the ABA/TIPS Committee on Animal Law.

Pamela FraschPamela D. Frasch, Assistant Dean, Animal Law Program & Executive Director, Center for Animal Law Studies

Pamela Frasch is the assistant dean of the animal law program and executive director of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. CALS was established in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and is an academic program with a focus on research, scholarship, and experiential education in animal law. In her dual role, Dean Frasch supports and works to develop all the various components of the program including teaching, writing, speaking, competitions, the Animal Law Review, the conference and the Student ALDF group (SALDF).

Previously, Dean Frasch was general counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and in 1996, she created the ALDF Criminal Justice Program which has since assisted law enforcement and animal advocates in investigating and prosecuting thousands of animal abuse and neglect cases nationwide.

In addition to her duties with CALS, Dean Frasch is co-editor of the first casebook in the field, Animal Law, Cases and Materials now in its fourth edition (Carolina Academic Press, 2010), and co-author of Animal Law in a Nutshell (Thomson West, 2010). She has taught survey and advanced courses in animal law at Lewis & Clark Law School since 1998 and co-authored (with Professor Kathy Hessler and Megan Senatori) the amicus brief submitted in the U.S. v. Stevens case on behalf of 45 law professors who teach animal law.

Dean Frasch is a frequent speaker on issues of animal law and is the principal author of Oregon’s first felony anti-cruelty law. She has authored or co-authored many articles and book chapters in the field, and has been recognized by the Humane Society of the United States and the Oregon Humane Society for her contributions.

Chris GreenChris Green, Director of Legislative Affairs, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Chris Green is ALDF’s director of Legislative Affairs, a program which helps pass tougher animal protection laws in state and federal legislatures, as well as county boards & municipal councils. Equally important, the program works to block bills proposed by those who seek to exploit or endanger animals.

Chris graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Illinois. In 2004, he published a groundbreaking article titled The Future of Veterinary Malpractice Liability in the Care of Companion Animals, in the Animal Law Review. The article was the first to calculate the economics of veterinary malpractice insurance and consider damages beyond a companion animal’s replacement cost or “fair market value.”

A founding Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee, Chris has served on the Board of the National Center for Animal Law, acted as an advisor to the National Canine Research Council, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association and Illinois Farm Bureau. Chris’s research also led to him being an invited member of the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Non-Economic Recovery Task Force, and an advisor to members of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Task Force on the Legal Status of Animals.

Chris has consulted on animal legal issues for CBS News, Dateline NBC, Science Magazine, Smart Money Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post. He contributed a section on liability issues for the book Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health, and frequently lectures on animal valuation and exotic animal ownership at law schools and veterinary colleges around the country. Next year, Chris will serve as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee during its 10th Anniversary term.

Pamela HartPamela Hart, Director, Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Pamela Hart oversees ALDF’s programs dedicated to the development of animal law in academia and legal practice. These programs include supporting over 184 Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters, managing ALDF’s extensive Attorney Volunteer Network, and partnering with firms and attorneys interested in developing animal law opportunities with ALDF. Additionally, she was a Lecturer of Animal Law at the University of Chicago Law School for three years. Pam also helped launch the collaboration between ALDF and Lewis & Clark Law School to produce the first-of-its-kind Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS). As a world-class animal law program, the Center for Animal Law Studies provides essential programs and services for law students under the guidance of experienced animal law professors and ALDF attorneys.

Prior to joining ALDF, Pam was in private practice and co-taught the first animal law course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in law school, she cofounded Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims (SAAV), a nonprofit animal protection organization dedicated to recognizing the role of animals in family violence. Pam is a frequent writer and speaker on animal law related issues, and has testified on a congressional panel regarding a federal Farm Animals Anti-Cruelty Act. She is frequently invited to be a guest judge at the National Animal Law Competition- most recently held at UCLA and Harvard Law Schools. Pam is currently co-authoring a book about animal law with Joyce Tischler and Kathy Hessler.

Scott HeiserScott Heiser, Director, Criminal Justice Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Scott has been a prosecutor for seventeen years, serving the last eight years as the elected district attorney in Benton County, Oregon. While Scott has prosecuted all types of criminal conduct including capital murder, he has always found animal cruelty cases among the most compelling cases he has handled. His passion for holding animal abusers accountable for their crimes recently lead Scott to join the ALDF, serving as the senior staff attorney in the ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program. Scott received his JD from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College and his undergraduate degree in economics from Oregon State University. In 2006, Scott served as the president of the Oregon District Attorneys Association and as member of the Governor’s Drug and Violent Crime Advisory Committee. Scott is a regular instructor at trainings hosted by the Oregon Department of Justice and he has served on the Board of Directors of his local humane society animal shelter, helping to fund the construction of a new shelter.

Kathy HesslerKathy Hessler, Clinical Director, Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School

Kathy Hessler is a clinical professor of law and director of the only animal law clinic in the country. She is the first faculty member hired to teach animal law full time in a law school. She received her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated with a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.

Prior to teaching at Lewis & Clark, Professor Hessler taught in clinical programs at Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cornell Law School, the University of Dayton Law School, the Capital University School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center.

She has been an animal activist and vegan since the late 1980’s. She has been an advisor to the journal Animal Law since 1998, and is currently a SALDF faculty advisor. She coaches the animal moot court teams, and has been teaching Animal Law directly since 2001 and as a part of nonviolence courses beginning in 1989. She was a board member with ALDF and helped found the Animal Law Committee of the Cuyahoga County Bar. She was the chair and a founder of the Animal Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She co-authored (with Pamela Frasch and Megan Senatori) the amicus brief submitted in the U.S. v. Stevens case, on behalf of 45 law professors who teach animal law. She co-authored Animal Law in a Nutshell (with Pamela Frasch, Sarah Kutil and Sonia Waisman) and has written numerous other law review and other articles and she is co-authoring two new books on animal law.

Professor Hessler lectures widely on animal law and animal law education issues in the US and beyond.

Jenni JamesJenni James, Litigation Fellow, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Jenni James specializes in laws that affect marine mammals, including the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Animal Welfare Act, and the Endangered Species Act. For her ALDF Fellowship, Jenni received a grant from the University of Chicago Law School to help ALDF bring cases to alleviate the suffering of captive marine mammals, particularly orcas and belugas. As a fellow in ALDF’s Litigation Program, her personal caseload includes ALDF’s campaign to help Lolita, the orca confined in the smallest tank in North America. Jenni’s discovery that Lolita had been wrongfully excluded from protection of the Endangered Species Act formed the cornerstone of ALDF’s campaign to free the captive orca. Her work helped ALDF to file Proie v. NMFS, which convinced the National Marine Fisheries Service to reconsider Lolita’s status. Most recently, Jenni drafted ALDF’s comment opposing the import of 18 wild-caught belugas.

An honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Jenni received her degree in Social Welfare and is passionately pursuing social justice as a litigation fellow. As a law student, Jenni was on the board of her SALDF chapter, and received numerous awards including ALDF’s Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship, the University of Chicago’s Public Interest Fellowship, the Maurice Walk Centennial Scholarship, and a grant from the Chicago Law Foundation.

Prior to working for ALDF, Jenni clerked at the Environmental Defense Fund in Santa Barbara, California’s oldest nonprofit environmental firm. It was there she learned how to apply environmental laws to animal issues and to comment thoughtfully on pending agency actions and legislation. She has spent nearly a decade as a wildlife rescue volunteer with the Marine Mammal Center.

Steve JohansenSteve Johansen, Professor of Law and Director, Legal Analsysis and Writing Program, Lewis and Clark Law School

After receiving his undergraduate degree, Johansen taught in the Oregon public school system while earning his J.D. He was an associate with the Portland firm of Tedesco & Wilson working on labor law issues. Professor Johansen has worked extensively with colleagues at the University of Latvia on developing the first Legal Writing program in Latvia. His book, /Juridiska Analize Un Tekstu Rakstisana/, the first Legal Writing textbook to be published in Latvia, is now in its third edition. In Spring 2002, he was a visiting professor at University College, Cork, in Ireland. He has served on the Oregon Bench/Bar Commission on Professionalism since 2002. He served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute from 1996 until 2008 and served as the Institute’s President from 2002 to 2004. He is also a former Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Research, and Reasoning. Johansen has published articles on the politics of legal writing, interpreting Oregon statutes, and most recently on the ethical limits of storytelling in the law. In addition to his work in Latvia, Johansen is a frequent participant in international legal skills training, including recent projects in the Czech Republic, Kenya, and the United Kingdom. He was the 2009 recipient of the Thomas F. Blackwell Award.

Claire Jean KimClaire Jean Kim, Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, University of California – Irvine

Claire Jean Kim teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on race, multiculturalism, minority politics, social movements, immigration, and human-animal studies. Dr. Kim’s first book, Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City (Yale University Press, 2000) won two awards from the American Political Science Association: the Ralph Bunche Award for the Best Book on Ethnic and Cultural Pluralism and the Best Book Award from the Organized Section on Race and Ethnicity. Her forthcoming book, Race, Species and Nature in a Multicultural Age (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examines the intersection of race and species in impassioned disputes over how immigrants of color, racialized minorities, and Native people use animals in their cultural traditions. Dr. Kim has also written numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is the recipient of a grant from the University of California Center for New Racial Studies, and she has been a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Dr. Kim is an Associate Editor of American Quarterly and the co-guest editor with Carla Freccero of a special issue of American Quarterly entitled, Species/Race/Sex (September 2013).

Rober KlonoffRobert Klonoff, Dean and Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School

Dean Klonoff’s areas of expertise include class action litigation, civil procedure, and appellate litigation. He is the co-author of a leading casebook on class actions, published by West, and the author of the West Nutshell on class actions, as well as the author of numerous law review articles. He is also the co-author of a leading text on trial advocacy and co-author of a West Nutshell on federal appellate practice. Moreover, he has written numerous articles on class actions and other topics. He has lectured throughout the United States and in numerous foreign countries on class actions and appellate litigation. Dean Klonoff is a member of the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He was appointed to the position by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and he is the only academic voting member on the committee.  He is also a member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and served as an Associate Reporter for the ALI’s class action project, “Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation.” In addition, Dean Klonoff is a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; is an advisory board consulting editor of Class Action Litigation Report (BNA); and previously served as a Reporter for the 2005 National Conference on Appellate Justice.

After graduating from Yale Law School, Dean Klonoff clerked for the Honorable John R. Brown, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in D.C. and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. After his government service, he was a visiting professor at the University of San Diego Law School. He later served for many years as a partner at the international law firm of Jones Day. At Jones Day, Dean Klonoff handled complex litigation at both the trial and appellate levels and also held the administrative post of chair of the pro bono program for all of the firm’s 20+ offices. He received an award from the D.C. Bar for public service, was instrumental in establishing a free walk-in clinic in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood, and served as a board member for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and for Bread for the City. While practicing at Jones Day, Dean Klonoff served for many years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

In 2003, Dean Klonoff was selected as the Douglas Stripp/Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Missouri/Kansas City School of Law. As the holder of this position, Dean Klonoff received two awards for most outstanding teacher and an award for service to the law school community. Dean Klonoff was also selected by the third year class to deliver the 2007 commencement speech. In 2013, Dean Klonoff was awarded the Oregon Consular Corps’ individual award for international engagement.

Dean Klonoff has extensive litigation experience. He has argued eight cases before the United States Supreme Court, including Gentile v. Nevada Bar and Kungys v. United States, and has argued dozens of cases in other federal and state appellate courts throughout the country. He has also tried dozens of cases (primarily jury trials). In addition, he has served as an expert witness on class action issues in numerous federal and state court cases, including the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon class action settlement.  He has personally represented clients on both the plaintiff and defense side in more than 100 class actions. His pro bono cases have included death penalty, civil rights, and veterans’ rights cases.

He has served as Dean since 2007.

O Sept issueKelly Levenda, fellow, Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Kelly Levenda is an Animal Law Program Fellow and a 2013 graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. During law school, she completed a research project on federal and state laws for Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection and participated as a Source Checker and Associate Editor on Animal Law Review. She served as Co-Director of the school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter, where she organized MeatOut, an annual vegan barbeque, and compiled the group’s bi-weekly Action Alerts that include animal related news, events, jobs, and volunteer opportunities. Kelly also worked with Farm Sanctuary on the Someone Project, where she compiled a scientific survey of cognitive abilities of animals through Lewis and Clark’s Animal Law Clinic.

Kelly completed her Bachelor’s Degree at University of Illinois where she studied Animal Science. She has been active in the animal protection movement her entire adult life, and is dedicated to helping animals through her career. She completed an animal behavior research project at the Champaign County Humane Society, was an active member of the University of Illinois Campus Vegetarian Society, and volunteered for Mercy for Animals. Her paper, titled Fish Welfare, which focuses on the pain capacities of fish and suggests legislation for legal protections, will be published in the next issue of Animal Law Review. She hopes to continue using her scientific background to improve conditions on farms for farmed animals.

Matthew LiebmanMatthew Liebman, Senior Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Matthew Liebman is a senior attorney at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, where he works in the Litigation Program. Matthew has managed cases including ALDF v. Conyers, which resulted in the rescue of more than 100 dogs from a North Carolina hoarder; ALDF v. Keating, in which seven horses were saved from starvation; and Penrod v. Robertson County, in which ALDF helped to establish a new shelter for homeless dogs and cats in Kentucky. Before coming to ALDF, Matthew clerked for the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Matthew graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School in 2006, where he co-founded a chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and helped lead a campaign against animal experimentation. Matthew’s writing has appeared in the Journal of Animal Law, the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, the Animal Legal & Historical Web Center, and the Encyclopedia of American Reform Movements. With Bruce Wagman, Matthew co-authored A Worldview of Animal Law, which examines how the legal systems of different countries govern our interactions with animals.

tom-linney-animal-law-conferenceTom Linney, Pro Bono Coordinator, Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Tom Linney collaborates with ALDF’s Litigation and Criminal Justice Programs to assign appropriate pro bono counsel to ALDF projects and cases and is responsible for marketing ALDF’s Animal Law Pro Bono Program to interested attorneys and law firms. Tom also provides support to professors interested in teaching animal law and helps law students transitioning into the legal profession get involved in animal law. In addition, Tom has been a speaker at the national Taking Action for Animals conference and the Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark Law School. He has served as a judge at the National Animal Law Competitions and presented to state bar sections, law firms, and SALDF chapters throughout the country about ALDF and the rapidly growing field of animal law.

Tom is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, where he established a Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter, successfully petitioned the school to add an animal law course, and coordinated several successful projects as SALDF President. While Tom was in law school, he gained experience working for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and an animal law practitioner. Tom also became the first student to receive a Baron & Budd Fellowship from UT Law to pursue animal protection work, and served as legislative intern for the Texas Humane Legislation Network. He is currently co-host of the radio program Animal Concerns of Texas.

Paul LockePaul Locke, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Paul Locke, an environmental health scientist and attorney, is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Division of Toxicology. He holds an MPH from Yale University School of Medicine, a DrPH from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a JD degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Dr. Locke is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and before the Southern District Court of New York and the United States Supreme Court.

Dr. Locke’s research and practice focus on how decision makers use environmental health science and toxicology in regulation and policy-making and how environmental health sciences influence the policy-making process. His areas of study include radiation policy, as well as the law of humane science and policy, with an emphasis on how in-vitro and non-mammalian toxicology data can be incorporated into regulatory decision making under US laws. He also studies the impact of the US legal system on the development of non-mammalian toxicology and alternatives to animals in testing. Dr. Locke directs the School’s Doctor of Public Health program in Environmental Health Sciences and is a faculty member of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing and the Center for Law and the Public’s Health. He has published papers in peer reviewed journals and law reviews, including the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, The Environmental Law Reporter, Health Physics, and the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.

Dr. Locke has served on 6 National Academy of Sciences study committees, including the committee that updated the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Patty LoveraPatty Lovera, Assistant Director, Food and Water Watch
Patty Lovera is the Assistant Director of Food & Water Watch. She coordinates the food team. Patty has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Patty was the deputy director of the energy and environment program at Public Citizen and a researcher at the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

e-magilM. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang professor of law and Dean, Stanford Law School

Mary Elizabeth Magill was appointed the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School on September 1, 2012. She is the law school’s 13th dean. Before coming to Stanford she was on the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law for 15 years, serving most recently as vice dean, the Joseph Weintraub–Bank of America Distinguished Professor of Law, and the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor.

An expert in administrative law and constitutional structure, Dean Magill teaches administrative law, constitutional law, and food and drug law. Her scholarly articles have been published in leading law reviews, and she has won several awards for her scholarly contributions. She is a member of the American Law Institute, and served as a fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow at Downing College, Cambridge University.

After completing her BA in history at Yale University in 1988, Dean Magill served as a senior legislative assistant for energy and natural resources for U.S. Senator Kent Conrad, a position she held for four years. She left the Hill to attend the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was articles development editor of the Virginia Law Review and received several awards for academic and scholarly achievement. After graduating in 1995, Dean Magill clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Justin MarceauJustin Marceau, Associate Professor, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, Professor Marceau clerked for the Honorable Sydney R. Thomas, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked as a litigation associate with the law firm Heller Ehrman, LLP (San Francisco). Subsequently, Professor Marceau was an Assistant Federal Public Defender (District of Arizona) specializing in capital habeas corpus appeals. Professor Marceau continues to actively practice law as counsel of record, as a consultant, and as an expert witness. Since joining the faculty he was lead counsel in a federal habeas corpus trial and he has been counsel of record on a number of briefs. He has lectured at CLEs and been invited to present his work to judicial conferences. He regularly consults on cases with habeas attorneys and joins or authors amicus briefs for the Supreme Court.

Professor Marceau’s research interests include habeas corpus, the death penalty, criminal procedure, criminal law, constitutional law and animal law. Professor Marceau also litigates and consults for a leading animal welfare non-profit, the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Richard MatthewsRichard P. Matthews, Senior Trial Consultant, Juryology – Trial Consulting & Jury Studies

Rich Matthews, senior trial consultant and member of the California bar, received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, and brings an impressive background of litigation and negotiation to his trial consulting. His expertise encompasses issue analysis, thematic message and communication strategy, all types of focus group research, communication and presentation strategy, story and frame development, voir dire and juror selection, courtroom presentation skills, and post-verdict juror research. He is also a highly regarded negotiation expert, having worked for a decade with Fortune 100 companies, and applies this negotiation expertise to maximizing the possibilities in the settlement process as well as in the courtroom. Rich has innovated the use of focus group results at mediations and in negotiations to achieve better settlements in a shorter time than clients had experienced without them.

Rich has achieved successful results for both plaintiffs and defendants in the civil world, and prosecutors and defendants on the criminal side. He has appeared on national television and in major publications offering commentary on high profile trials. Rich has addressed thousands of lawyers, professionals, executives, and students at some of the world’s largest and fastest-moving companies.

He has appeared on national television and in major publications offering commentary on high profile trials. Rich has addressed thousands of lawyers, professionals, executives, and students at dozens of seminars, CLEs, law schools, and some of the world’s largest and fastest-moving companies.

Unable to resist a trivia contest, Rich has appeared on Jeopardy and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and besides writing openings/closings/voir dire for countless attorneys, has written jokes for late night television.

Rich works nationwide and is located in San Francisco.

Russ MeadRuss Mead, General Counsel, Animal Law Coalition
Russ Mead is General Counsel of Animal Law Coalition, and is a partner in the Seattle based law firm of Allen & Mead. In the past he has served as General Counsel for two of the nations leading non-profit animal sanctuaries. He was on the ground overseeing thousands of volunteers after Hurricane Katrina hit, and has put into motion some of the largest animal rescues in the country. His work included rescues from animal hoarders, puppy mills and dog fighting cases, including the Michael Vick case. Russ holds a BS in Accounting from Arizona State University, an MBA from Lindenwood College, a JD from St. Louis University School of Law, and earned a CPA from Arizona. He taught business ethics in the MBA program at Fontbonne University, and has taught Animal Law as a guest lecturer at Cornell University School of Law. Russ recently presented continuing legal education programs on Animal Law Ethics for the New York City Bar as well as the Nassau County New York Bar. Russ is a frequent speaker at animal law conferences, and law schools with animal law sections.

Nicole PallottaNicole Pallotta, programs coordinator, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Nicole is the student liaison for ALDF’s Animal Law Program. In this capacity, she works with law students who are interested in advancing ALDF’s mission, including members of over 170 Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters. Nicole helps law students form and maintain chapters and assists them with projects like getting animal law courses added to the curriculum at their schools. She also coordinates ALDF’s animal law clerkship, scholarship, and SALDF grant programs. Prior to joining ALDF in 2005, Nicole earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Georgia, where she taught the school’s first undergraduate course in animals and society. Her dissertation, “Becoming an Animal Rights Activist: An Exploration of Culture, Socialization, and Identity Transformation,” analyzed the process of developing a vegan, activist identity. Her writing has appeared in Society and Animals, Sociological Perspectives, and Animal Wellness Magazine. Nicole also blogs at Alec’s Story (

Gavin ParsonsGavin Parsons, Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP

Gavin practices primarily in the areas of complex civil litigation. He has represented individuals and businesses in claims involving breach of contract, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate director and officer mismanagement and misconduct, professional liability, legal and professional malpractice, antitrust, intellectual property, product liability, wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury.

Gavin has represented national franchisors in suits to enforce termination of franchisees, to enjoin trademark infringement, to collect royalties and liquidated damages and to defend against fraud and vicarious liability claims.

Gavin has also represented local governments and law enforcement officers against complaints involving civil rights, land use, Fair Housing Act, improper criminal prosecution, and use of force.

He has additional experience representing businesses and insurers in commercial insurance coverage disputes involving a wide variety of policies and claims.

Roth NicoleNicole Roth, Contract Attorney, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Board Member, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Nicole is a board member at the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Humane Carolina. Nicole worked at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco on white collar defense and securities litigation cases for 7 years. In 2012, Nicole and her family moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for her husband’s job. She now contracts with Orrick and a number of animal law non-profits. Nicole has always been passionate about animal protection, becoming vegetarian at 7 years old and vegan at 21. Before her children were born, she and her husband were actively involved in dog and cat rescue, fostering over 300 animals. Nicole was on the Board of Wonder Dog Rescue and co-founded Family Dog Rescue, both in San Francisco. She now helps rehabilitate wildlife.

Nicole has been actively involved in animal protection litigation since law school, handling over a dozen cases. While in law school, she was the co-president of the Northwestern SALDF chapter and wrote a manual on how to establish an animal law clinic. She has been a judge at the Animal Law Moot Court competition and is wrote the problem for the competition in 2013. Nicole has two biological children, Alex and Nathan, and an adopted dog, Dexter.

Scott SargentScott Sargent, Captain II, Use of Force Division, The Los Angeles Police Department

Captain II Sargentwas born in New York City and was raised in Westchester County, New York. He moved to Los Angeles in 1983.

Captain Sargent has held sworn positions with several law enforcement agencies, beginning his career in 1979 as a provisional police officer with the Westchester County Police Department in New York. Since that time, Captain Sargent has been a police officer with the Hallandale Beach Police Department in Florida, a Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a police officer with the Santa Monica Police Department. Captain Sargent then spent six and a half years with the Rialto Police Department where he was a police officer, K-9 handler and a patrol sergeant.

Captain Sargent joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1993, and has been assigned to Northeast Area and Foothill Area as a police officer, and to Southwest and Hollywood Areas as a field sergeant. He was an investigator with the Department’s Gun Detail and Employee Relations Group and was assigned as a sergeant – investigator with Internal Affairs Group before promoting to Lieutenant in 1999.

As a lieutenant, Captain Sargent was assigned to West Los Angeles Area patrol and administration, and to Risk Management Group as an Officer in Charge. Captain Sargent spent approximately two and a half years as an adjutant to the Commanding Officer of the Consent Decree Bureau before promoting to Captain.

Captain Sargent holds an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Dean College in Boston, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Management from the University of Redlands and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University. In 2002, Captain Sargent completed his Juris Doctorate degree at Southwestern University School of Law, and is an active attorney and member of the California State Bar.

Captain Sargent is a member of several professional and fraternal organizations including the Latin American Law Enforcement Association, the American Society for Law Enforcement Training, the International Police Association, the Law Enforcement Association of Asian Pacifics, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Lawyers’ Club of Los Angeles County.

Deborah SivasDeborah Sivas, Luke W. Cole Professor of Environmental Law and Director, Environmental Law Clinic, Stanford Law School

A leading environmental litigator, Deborah A. Sivas, JD ’87, is director of the highly regarded Environmental Law Clinic, in which students provide legal counsel to dozens of national, regional, and grassroots nonprofit organizations on a variety of environmental issues. Professor Sivas’s litigation successes include challenging the Bush administration’s gas mileage standards for SUVs and light trucks and holding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accountable for regulating the discharge of invasive species in ship ballast water. Her current research is focused on the interaction of law and science in the arena of climate change and coastal/marine policy and the ability of the public to hold policymakers accountable. She is a frequent speaker on these topics.

Prior to assuming the clinic directorship in 1997, Professor Sivas was a partner at Gunther, Sivas & Walthall, an attorney with Earthjustice (formerly Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund), an associate in the environmental practice group at Heller Ehrman, and a law clerk to Judge Judith N. Keep of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. She currently serves as chair for the board of directors for the Turtle Island Restoration Network. In recognition of her work on behalf of the environment, California Lawyer magazine named Professor Sivas one of its 2008 Attorneys of the Year.

karen-snellKaren L. Snell, Civil Rights Attorney

Karen L. Snell is a constitutional litigator, focusing on civil rights, federal criminal defense and complex civil litigation. She has successfully represented plaintiffs in a number of civil rights matters, including excessive force, unlawful search and seizure and First Amendment cases. She has successfully sued for damages under the federal civil rights act on behalf of dog owners whose pets were shot and killed by police officers. Ms. Snell is also a nationally recognized expert in international extradition defense.

Ms. Snell graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in philosophy in 1977. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1981. She began her legal career at the San Francisco law firm Morrison & Foerster. In 1989 she joined the Federal Public Defender’s Office in San Francisco, and eventually became the Supervising Attorney in charge of training trial attorneys. In 1996, Ms. Snell formed Clarence, Snell & Dyer LLP, a five attorney litigation firm where she was a named partner until 2003. She now handles select civil rights cases from her home in San Francisco and serves as General Counsel of the Institute for International Criminal Investigation, a non-profit organization that trains war crimes investigators.

Ms. Snell is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. She was appointed to the founding Board of the Habeas Corpus Resource Center by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George, and was a founding member of San Francisco Women Lawyers’ Alliance. She served for many years as the chair of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Federal Practice Committee. She regularly teaches ethics for the Northern District of California Criminal Justice Panel and has taught trial advocacy at Stanford Law School, University of San Francisco, and Cardozo Law School.

Jen SorensonJen Sorenson, Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council

Jen Sorensonis an attorney with NRDC’s Litigation Team in San Francisco. She currently represents plaintiffs in a suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to restrict the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock production. She has also worked on actions to abate water and groundwater pollution, and to defend California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard from industry attack. Before joining NRDC, Jen clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated from Wesleyan University and Yale Law School.

Josh TetrickJosh Tetrick, CEO, Hampton Creek Foods

Josh Tetrick, is a social entrepreneur, speaker, and writer. He is currently the CEO of Hampton Creek Foods, a green food technology start-up based in San Francisco, CA. Prior to founding Hampton Creek Foods, Josh ran 33needs, a crowdfunding platform that connected social entrepreneurs to investors.

Josh is known for his involvement with a variety of social causes that include a United Nations initiative in Kenya and teaching street children in multiple African countries as a Fulbright Scholar. Early in his career, Josh worked for both former President Bill Clinton, as well as the president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Josh earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Joyce TischlerJoyce Tischler, Founder and General Counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund

As one of the visionaries who co-founded the Animal Legal Defense Fund over a quarter century ago, California attorney Joyce Tischler has helped shape the emerging field of animal law. Joyce handled some of Animal Legal Defense Fund’s earliest cases, including a 1981 lawsuit that halted the U.S. Navy’s plan to kill 5,000 feral burros and a 1988 challenge to the U.S. Patent Office’s rule allowing the patenting of genetically altered animals. She has tackled such diverse topics as challenges to hunting and trapping using the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act, standing to sue, animal custody battles, the right to kill animals pursuant to will provisions, landlord-tenant issues and damages and recovery for injury to or death of an animal. Joyce was the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s executive director for 25 years and now serves as the agency’s general counsel, responsible for writing, lecturing on and promoting the field of animal law. In 2009, The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Animal Law Committee honored Joyce with the Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award.

Paul WaldauPaul Waldau, Associate Professor, Canisius College

Paul Waldau is an educator, scholar, and activist working at the intersection of animal studies, law, ethics, religion, and cultural studies. He is an associate professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where he is the senior faculty for the Master of Science program in Anthrozoology. In spring 2012, Dr. Waldau served as the Barker Visiting Associate Professor on Animal Law at Harvard Law School, where he has taught the “Animal Law” course since 2002. The former director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy, Dr. Waldau taught veterinary ethics and public policy at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine for more than a decade. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, a J.D. from UCLA Law School, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Dr. Waldau has completed five books, the most recent of which are Animal Studies—An Introduction, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2013, and Animal Rights (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is also co-editor of A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics (Columbia University Press, 2006).

Steve WellsStephen Wells, executive director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Stephen Wells is the executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. For six years (until 2006), Steve founded and served as the director of ALDF’s successful Animal Law Program, which provides support and resources to ALDF’s law professional and law student members and pro bono opportunities for attorneys and firms to assist ALDF with its mission.

Prior to joining ALDF in 1999, Steve served as the executive director of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance in Anchorage where he became known for his work to protect Alaska’s wildlife, particularly wolves and bears, and its unique wild places. He has committed himself to animal and environmental protection and over the years, in addition to his full-time work, he has continued to volunteer his time for local organizations and projects.

Steve has managed several successful businesses. In his native Chicago, right out of high school he started his own business called “Precise Instrument Repair Co.,” a repair and calibration business for industrial measuring equipment, which he later sold. In Alaska, Steve worked to clean up the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and was so horrified by what he saw he decided his life path included working for positive change for the environment and wildlife. He was awed by the wilderness and natural beauty of Alaska. His first year there, he lived in a cabin through the winter without running water or electricity. He even missed an interview one day by being trapped by grizzly bear cubs and their mom. He began going to school and volunteering for the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, a nonprofit wilderness protection agency, and was eventually hired there.

After eight months traveling in Africa, Steve returned for a full time position with the Alaska Wildlife Alliance. He threw himself into that with his natural entrepreneurial spirit and leadership abilities. He knows how to run a business and has a background in all aspects of business management, including the nuts and bolts of accounting and eventually became executive director. As executive director, he grew that organization by more than doubling its staff and activism. Steve was a primary leader in the successful ballot initiative banning “same-day airborne wolf hunting” (which allowed the use of airplanes to kill wolves). From this trial-by-fire lesson, Steve learned how to be the lone voice speaking for wildlife at community and state meetings amidst intense opposition. He also ran a successful construction business in Alaska with major contracts.

He left Alaska to start an animal sanctuary in California, but instead went to work for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Meanwhile, he opened a vegan restaurant called “Sparks” in Guerneville, California which included a highly successful retailing market of packaged goods sold across the Bay Area.

At the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Steve saw an opportunity to expand into law schools and involving attorneys directly–providing additional resources and pro bono connections. He helped stop wild animal trainers in Los Angeles from abusing primates in a landmark lawsuit. He helped to set up a sanctuary for hundreds of animals in the infamous North Carolina Woodley hoarding case. Steve has also raised significant funds to create the ALDF Fellowship program and helps ALDF fund an expanding vision for the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School.

When Steve started, ALDF had no litigation staff–so he created an in-house litigation program which, with the help of his new litigation director, Carter Dillard, allowed ALDF to triple its caseload. Steve expanded the Animal Law Program and helped to exponentially expand the student chapters (SALDF) of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. When he started SALDF had 6 chapters. That number is now at 184. There were 12 animal law classes offered in the United States and Canada–and now there are more than 140. Steve’s leadership also led him to create an ALDF pro bono program–and ALDF now has 1.2 million in donated legal services. When Steve began, ALDF’s revenue was at 3.7 million. In 2011, it was at 5.7 million, despite the economic hardships facing the US economy. As the leader at ALDF, Steve has been interviewed by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and ESPN.

Steve has created a highly efficient, passionate, and talented team at ALDF. As he says, it is his job to create an environment where egos are out the door and everyone works together for one end–to end the exploitation and suffering of animals. And that is just what he has done. He lives in the western woodlands of Sonoma County, California with his dog Eve.

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