ALDF’s Pamela Frasch Appointed First-Ever Dean in the Field of Animal LawPosted by Lisa Franzetta, ALDF's Director of Communications on March 23, 2009
In March of 1996, attorney Pamela Frasch started working for the Animal Legal Defense Fund where, over a period of twelve years, she served in roles including general counsel and vice president of legal affairs. Last year, with the formation of the groundbreaking Center for Animal Law Studies, a collaboration between ALDF and Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, Pam shifted gears to shepherd the fledgling center as its first Executive Director.
In a sign of just how much has changed since Pam first joined forces with ALDF some thirteen years ago, she has just been appointed the first-ever dean in the field of animal law. For all the details on this tremendous development for animals and aspiring animal attorneys, check out the announcement from Lewis & Clark Law School, reposted below.
Lewis & Clark Law School creates first dean position in field of animal law
Animal legal education has reached a new milestone with the appointment of the nation’s first dean in the field. Robert Klonoff, Dean of Lewis & Clark Law School, has created the only dean-level position in the nation to head up the law school’s animal law program. Klonoff appointed Pamela Frasch as the first assistant dean for Animal Law Studies. Frasch also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School. The Center for Animal Law Studies works in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and operates the country’s premier animal law program.
“Pamela Frasch’s promotion to Assistant Dean, and her assumption of duties as a member of the Dean’s senior administrative team, are tangible recognition of the relevance of this burgeoning field,” said Klonoff. “We are demonstrating our commitment to continue developing this field, pushing it in new directions, and strengthening its presence among legal education programs.”
The field of animal law has made huge strides in recent years, with over 100 law schools now offering an animal law course but Lewis & Clark Law School has long been seen as instrumental in its development and growth-setting a number of milestones in educational and clinical opportunities:
- Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
- Animal law journal, Animal Law Reivew
- Full-time faculty position for an animal law clinic
- Summer animal law program
- Animal law competitions
- International animal law conference
While adding to the list of firsts, Klonoff said his decision to name Frasch an Assistant Dean benefits the animal law students the most.
“As part of the senior administrative team, Pamela will have a unique opportunity to plan for the future of our Animal Law Program in the context of the school’s overall strategic plan, budget, and mission,” Klonoff said. “This opportunity will help ensure that the Animal Law Program remains, as it is now, a central focus of the law school’s growth and commitment.”