Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter of the Year Award 2016

Posted by Kelly Levenda, Student Programs Attorney on August 9, 2016


We are now accepting submissions for our fourth annual Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) Chapter of the Year Award! The award celebrates SALDF chapters that have shown incredible efforts in advancing the field of animal law and advocating for animals through original projects and initiatives. This award will be given out at the annual Animal Law Conference co-presented by Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School and the Lewis & Clark Student Animal Legal Defense Fund in New York City in October.

SALDF chapters are a vital part of the growing animal law movement. Through raising awareness of the field of animal law at their school, they are showing fellow students that animal protection is a serious social justice issue. These future attorneys, legislators and judges will be influential advocates for changing the law to better protect animals.

SALDF chapters raise awareness of issues affecting animals 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 2015-2016 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 and/or the broader law school or 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.

The winner will be chosen by a committee comprised of Animal Legal Defense Fund staff, and will receive travel grant funding to attend the Animal Law Conference. Submissions must be 250 words or less, and be received no later than 5 p.m. PST on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Please email your submission to Kelly at

We strongly encourage all SALDF chapters to apply!

One thought on “Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter of the Year Award 2016

  1. LoraLynn says:

    Do you have any students to investigate a puppy flipper selling about 10/15 litters a day on Craiglist, EBay Pets, Oddle and Little Nickle in Yakima Washington – Seattle Washington?
    This women pays no taxes, has no license, is not regulated and has recently sold approximately 50 puppies w/parvo from Yakima, Tacoma, Seattle and surrounded areas. She is making approximately $6,000 a week in cash. These puppies, kittens and misc animals are living in sheds, car trunks, crates, boxes and totes. She is over breeding female dogs. If puppies are not sold, she takes the to the lower valley (Toppenish, Sunnyside) and sells them for bait dogs.
    The community can not seem to get law enforcement to do anything but look the other way.
    PLEASE HELP or advise of any “real” resources are available.

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