Law Students Hone Animal Advocacy SkillsPosted by Pamela Hart, Director of ALDF's Animal Law Program on February 13, 2012
Sweaty Palms. Racing Heart. Laser Focus.
It’s that time of year, when the best and the brightest law students, coaches, and judges congregate at the National Animal Law Competitions, an inter-law school competition presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark, in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The prestigious national competition will be hosted at UCLA School of Law, February 24-26, 2012.
This exceptional event provides law students from across the United States an opportunity to develop knowledge in the field of animal law while honing their written and oral advocacy skills. Virtually unheard of over a decade ago, competitions such as the premiere 9th Annual National Animal Law Competitions, afford law students the opportunity to shine in three separate categories: Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition; Closing Argument Competition; and Appellate Moot Court Competition. Judged by experts in these respective fields (including several ALDF staff attorneys), law students are given invaluable feedback, so they can further develop their burgeoning animal advocacy skills.
Past competitions have focused on cutting-edge animal law issues such as breed specific legislation, Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, “cruelty free” labeling, animal fighting, and the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. This year’s problems promise not to disappoint, as students will be using their advocacy skills to tackle complex legal theories, concepts and strategies relating to hot button issues such as “ag gag” bills.
Best of luck to the competitors as you prepare for this exciting event. We look forward to seeing you shine at the National Animal Law Competitions!