Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter of the Year Award 2015

Posted by Kelly Levenda on September 4, 2015


We are now accepting submissions for our third annual Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) Chapter of the Year Award! The award celebrates a SALDF chapter that has shown incredible efforts in advancing the field of animal law and advocating for animals through original projects and initiatives both on and off campus. This award will be given out at the annual Animal Law Conference in Portland, Oregon in October.

SALDF chapters play a vital role in advocating for animals, raising awareness of the field of animal law at their law school, and shaping the next generation of animal law attorneys. They do this through activities such as holding events for ALDF’s weeks of action, like Speak Out for Farmed Animals Week; tabling; leafleting; screening films; organizing symposia and guest speakers; and building coalitions with other law school student organizations. They also advocate for Meatless Mondays or plant-based options in their cafeterias or at law school events, hold networking events, volunteer at local farmed animal sanctuaries or humane societies, and hone their legal skills in the National Animal Law Competitions.

If you would like your SALDF chapter to be considered for this award, please describe your chapter’s activities during the 2014-2015 academic year by responding to one or more of the following:

  1. Describe how your chapter raised awareness of animal law and protection issues to other law students, the law school, and/or the broader campus community;
  2. Describe one or more pioneering projects or initiatives your chapter spearheaded that advanced the field of animal law or otherwise benefited animals;
  3. Describe any other activity your chapter believes demonstrated exceptional dedication to the field that either advanced animal law or otherwise benefited animals.

A committee comprised of representatives from Animal Law Conference co-hosts Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Animal Law Studies, and the Lewis & Clark Law School SALDF will review submissions and select a winner. The Lewis & Clark Law School SALDF is prohibited from being considered for this award. Submissions must be 250 words or less, and be received no later than 5 PM PST on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Please email your submission to me at

I strongly encourage all SALDF chapters to apply!


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