ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship Recipients AnnouncedPosted by Nicole Pallotta, ALDF's Animal Law Program Student Liaison on May 28, 2010
Congratulations to the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship recipients! Three students received the national scholarship this year for their outstanding work in the growing field of animal law: Katie Barnett, Vince Field, and Christina Fojas. “They are exceptional students who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing animal law, and for that ALDF is proud to award them these $5,000 scholarships,” says Stephens Wells, ALDF’s executive director.
Katie Barnett is currently in her second year at the University of Kansas School of Law, where she founded the school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter. After years of working in animal rescue and coordinating adoptions and spay/neuter surgeries for countless animals, animal law has proved to be the natural path for Katie to pursue in law school. She has helped with large scale animal rescues, participated in dogfighting seizures, and assisted law enforcement with the evaluation of seized dogs. Among her achievements in animal law, Katie did research for the Animal
Legal Defense Fund’s amicus curiae brief in the landmark U.S.
v. Stevens case involving dogfighting videos and attended oral
arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in October of 2009. Read more…
Vince Field is a 2L at the University of Chicago Law School, where he founded the University of Chicago’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter in 2008. Since its inception, their chapter has been very active in promoting animal protection issues at the law school. They successfully petitioned the administration for an animal law
course – the first such course ever offered at the University of
Chicago. Currently, Vince is overseeing two large scale service projects with his SALDF chapter. The first involves working with local shelters to provide refuge for domestic violence victims and their pets. The second is geared towards setting up a series of pet food donation boxes to regularly provide food for the pets of the homeless free of charge. Read
Christina Fojas attends South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, where she is president of the school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter, named the Animal Law Society. The Animal Law Society raised over $10,000 collectively in charity fundraising for the 2009-2010 school year, donating to an animal therapy organization, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office “Paw & Order” program, and the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP). Currently ALS plans on sponsoring three trips of the SNAP spay/neuter
bus into low-income neighborhoods to provide free pet sterilizations. Christina is also an animal rescue volunteer and is a member/volunteer with the Texas Humane Legislation Network and the Vegan Society of Peace. Read