Springtime in CotatiPosted by Lisa Franzetta, ALDF's Director of Communications on April 7, 2008
Cotati: what the heck is it?
"Cotati" is not a contagious disease, an exotic fish, or (to my knowledge) a Japanese epithet. Rather, it’s the answer to the question, "Where exactly are you guys?," one I’m often asked when chatting about the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Yup, we’re a national organization with more than 110,000 members, student chapters in more than 100 law schools, and a one-of-a-kind network of attorneys reaching across the nation–and our headquarters office is in a town no one’s ever heard of, about 50 miles north of San Francisco. It’s a nice little town, with its very own farmers market, dive bar, and cops who will nail you for going 27 in a 25 zone.
In addition to our Cotati headquarters, we also have a very lovely office in Portland, Oregon, which requires far less geographical explanation. Like lots of city-dwellers, we started out many years ago closer to the San Francisco action and, as property prices rose, gradually migrated north. In terms of animal law, of course the action is now right here, in Cotati. Mark your map!
Yes, we are a dog-friendly office. Yes, we have vegan donuts at our staff meetings (they’ve proved to be much more popular than sliced fruit). If you were a law student fantasizing about dedicating your career to the animals, it might be exactly what you’d picture. If you are a laws student thinking "sign me up!" I encourage you to get involved with your Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter, start one if your school does not have one already, and give us a holler in a few years. It’s lovely here in April–everything is green, there’s wild fennel and blackberry bushes all over the place, and it’s about 65 degrees outside. Just delightful. Golden Gate Bridge–bah! Who needs it!