Texas Tech SALDF President Chosen to Represent Law SchoolPosted by Nicole Pallotta, ALDF's Animal Law Program Student Liaison on March 12, 2009
ALDF received the below email from Robyn Katz, President of the Texas Tech University Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF). Robyn formed the chapter during fall semester 2007 amid doubts about the level of support she could garner for the fledgling group at her conservative law school. In spite of these concerns, Robin was pleasantly surprised when almost 20 people attended the group’s first orientation meeting, which, according to Robyn, is a large number for any student law group at Texas Tech. In addition to her work directing the Texas Tech SALDF chapter, Robyn was also a closing argument finalist in the National Animal Advocacy Competitions held last month at Harvard Law School, co-sponsored by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis and Clark Law School, in Collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Harvard SALDF chapter. It’s encouraging to see Robyn’s dedication to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system being recognized by her traditionally conservative school.
I just want to keep you posted. At our law school, four students were nominated to receive the Student Academic-Citizenship Award for the entire school. So, four students are nominated, and the Dean chooses one to go on to the entire Texas Tech University Awards ceremony to see who wins from the whole school. I make such a to-do about animal law at the school (a super conservative, don’t disrupt the status quo kinda school), that I swore I wouldn’t get chosen. But they did!!! The Dean picked me to represent the law school! And so now, the best thing is, all of Texas Tech will get to hear about my devotion to animal law and it will help spread the word. I hope, in some way, this helps the ALDF and SALDF.