Looking Back at the 2013 Animal Law Conference

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF's Staff Writer on November 14, 2013

This October, the Animal Legal Defense Fund co-hosted the 21st Animal Law Conference at Stanford University in collaboration with the Center for Animal Law Studies. We are excited to share some of the highlights from this spectacular event that advances animal law by bringing together the top professionals in the field of animal law. With some of the world’s most innovative legal entrepreneurs also in attendance, this was definitely an event not to be missed. If you couldn’t make it to Stanford, you can still watch all the session talks, panelist interviews, and the keynote speech by renowned TV journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell. New Animal Law Conference videos are being uploaded every day, so subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified as they go live.

Jane Velez-Mitchell—a tireless animal advocate, vegan, and host of her own cable news show on Headline News—lent her expertise as the weekend’s keynote speaker, urging animal advocates to push the envelope in our cases and campaigns for animals. ALDF executive director Stephen Wells opened the event by urging the next generation of animal lawyers to take action for animals. As Steve says, “any legal system that relegates living, sentient beings to the status of mere property can never provide real justice.” And that is why it is so important for us to fight for justice for animals within the legal system, and to improve that paradigm.

Another highlight of this weekend’s events was a panel starring ALDF founder and general counsel Joyce Tischler, along with Jen Sorensen from the National Resources Defense Council, law professor Deborah Sivas, and Kathy Hessler, head of Lewis & Clark’s animal law clinic. Together, they addressed important issues in the fight to reform factory farming.

Plant-based foods were also a hot topic. Josh Tetrick, CEO of Hampton Creek Foods and David Benzaquen, founder of Plant Based Solutions, joined Dr. Patrick Brown, a professor of biochemistry from the Stanford School of Medicine. Alternatives to animal testing and our ethical obligations to wildlife were other exciting topics considered during our wide variety of expert panels.

ALDF is thrilled to have had so many innovative and passionate animal advocates in attendance and teaming up with us in our fight to win justice for animals. With the help of our generous donors, and Liberty Mulkani, our conference organizer, this event was one of the great highlights of the year for animal advocates across the country!


5 thoughts on “Looking Back at the 2013 Animal Law Conference

  1. Gab Sey says:

    Jane- You go girl. Go kick some butt. Enough is enough. Animal rights now.

    1. mara koorse says:

      Jane, you work tirelessly at one of the most daunting efforts in history! I contact you on FB often on behalf of shelter animals, but I write for all animal welfare. I believe this nightmare is of biblical proportions and you know I mean all animal causes and the people and great conspiracies behind the abuse. I am using a favorite (I think I heard from you??) if it weren’t for you out there as OUR voice, “I’d pull my hair out!’ Keep on keeping on Jane. If I can help you by writing, just ask and consider it done. What is HLN doing choking us with one show five times a day, when YOU should be on at least THREE??

  2. Big G. says:

    Thaks ALDF for all you do I will be sending a donation I hope others will as well. Lets put the bad businesses out of business by not supporting them and lets put the good business in businesses by supporting them as well.

    Jane is amazing because she is not afraid to use a important tool like the media.

    Hope others will get inspired to do the same but on a local level and personal level.

    Never be afraid to stand up for the rights of the innocent.

  3. charmaine says:

    Jane, thank you for speaking up for the animals, behind you & the team 100%

  4. Jane, please do a piece on veterinary malpractice and how vets are not held accountable. I have lots of content and references for you. It needs to be told.