Taimie Bryant teaches Property, Nonprofit Organizations, and Animals and the Law at UCLA. Professor Bryant 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 has taught classes in that subject since 1995, 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 her serving as a consultant regarding the extent to which the animal shelter legislation was a state mandate requiring reimbursement of local government. She also wrote two articles about the legislation and its aftermath. Professor Bryant is currently writing articles that concern issues of theory in animal law. In a paper entitled “Trauma, Law, and Advocacy for Animals,” Professor Bryant 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. More recently, Professor Bryant is utilizing 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 with funds from a generous endowment by Bob Barker to UCLA Law School for the purpose of animal rights law teaching and scholarship.