Student Animal Legal Defense Fund 2014 Chapter of the Year: Florida State University

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on December 12, 2014

Each year, ALDF celebrates our student chapters—Student Animal Legal Defense Fund or “SALDF” chapters—with a SALDF Chapter of the Year Award. For 2014, that chapter is Florida State University College of Law’s SALDF. This chapter has shown amazing efforts in advancing the field of animal law and advocating for animals through original projects and initiatives both on and off campus. SALDF chapters engage in important activities to support the development of animal law, including submitting comments on federal regulations, holding networking and fundraising events, and writing academic articles. They also partake in tabling, leafleting, organizing conferences and guest speakers, building coalitions with other law school student organizations, and screening films.


FSU SALDF Community Service Chair Sara McNeill and FSU SALDF member Sarah Bailey accept the national award.


FSU’s SALDF chapter was chosen as the Chapter of the Year for their wide range of events, variety of issues focused on, and because their work had a legal base. In 2014, FSU SALDF co-hosted the Southeastern Animal Law Symposium, the first animal law conference held in Florida. Speakers included living property expert David Favre, dog fighting law expert Eric Abrahamsen, dangerous dog law expert Fred Kray, and Florida Bar Animal Law Committee Chair and CEO of Pets Ad Litem Ralph DeMeo.

What else stands out about Florida State University’s SALDF chapter? These law students spoke at Florida Senate committee meetings to support greyhound welfare legislation; attended City of Tallahassee commission meetings to request increased animal shelter funding; and hosted two representatives and a Grey2K lobbyist supporting greyhound welfare bills to speak at a lunchtime lecture at the law school. They also wrote an article in the Pets Ad Litem newsletter about greyhound welfare legislation, hosted a lunchtime lecture with courthouse therapy dogs and their handlers, sent their president to the Global Animal Law Conference in Spain, and hosted an Animal Law Writing Competition, accepting essays from law schools across Florida. Wow!

Our 2014 Chapter of the Year Award was presented at this year’s Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Christine Clolinger, chapter president, explained her favorite things about this outstanding chapter.

  1. FSU SALDF creates an opportunity for students and the Tallahassee community to learn about a developing and meaningful area of law.
  2. FSU SALDF connects lawyers, lobbyists, state representatives and senators, and law students from a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints, promoting an engaging exchange of ideas.
  3. FSU SALDF members are highly involved in their communities, volunteering and hosting fun events to raise money for local animal shelters.
  4. FSU SALDF ensures its members are exposed to the newest ideas in animal law by sending them to both national and international conferences.
  5. FSU SALDF promotes legal change at the state and local level by advocating both in city hall and in Florida’s Senate chambers.

But most of all, Christine notes, FSU SALDF celebrates our furry, scale-y, and hooved companions! SALDF chapters play an important role in shaping the animal law attorneys of tomorrow and raising awareness of animal law. From all of us at ALDF, and our members and supporters, congratulations FSU SALDF!


One thought on “Student Animal Legal Defense Fund 2014 Chapter of the Year: Florida State University

  1. FSU College of Law SALDF is indeed worthy of this recognition. It has been a pleasure to work with Christine Clolinger and the other members as they advance the understanding of animal law issues and advocate for humane treatment of all animals.

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