Pro Bono: Giving Back to the Animal Community

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director on December 24, 2014

Working for the Animal Legal Defense Fund is an excellent opportunity to provide legal justice for animals. But the amount of work ALDF does wouldn’t be possible without pro bono assistance. Winners of the 2014 Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Awards helped contribute nearly 5,300 hours of donated legal service last year alone—and that’s millions of dollars of outstanding legal expertise that helps improve the legal status and protect the lives of animals.

Pro bono assistance helped ALDF take action against a pet store chain that sells puppy-mill dogs; work to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City; support West Hollywood’s ban on fur; submit amicus briefs in cases that challenge the legal status of animals as property; and petition federal agencies to enforce animal cruelty laws and better regulate those that break them.

Attorney Award Recipients

Bob Knaier
Chapin Fitzgerald LLP
Jill Gutierrez
Dorsey & Whitney

Paralegal Award Recipient

Hsiao-Ting H. Cheng
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Firm Award Recipients

Bingham McCutchen LLP
Brinks Gilson & Lione
Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Fazio | Micheletti LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
King & Spalding
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP


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