The Next Generation of Animal Lawyers

Posted by Pamela Hart, Director of ALDF's Animal Law Program on September 3, 2010

A law school graduateAs summer winds down and we launch into another academic school year, ALDF is looking forward to meeting the next generation of future animal lawyers! It’s the time of year when we begin to work and collaborate with some of the best and brightest law students in the country. Currently, there are over 150 Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters, including student groups at the top ten law schools in the nation. Our chapters are student groups that are affiliated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and share our mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

Each year, we are impressed by the caliber and number of law students specifically going to law school to further the rights of animals. ALDF supports this effort by providing law students numerous opportunities, including the advancement of animal law scholarships, legal clerkship positions, and SALDF chapter project and travel grants. Additionally, in collaboration with our partners at the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark, we participate in and sponsor an annual animal law conference. Learn more about the upcoming 18th Annual Animal Law Conference at Lewis and Clark Law School.

Finally, realizing the importance of networking with like-minded individuals, ALDF is proud to sponsor conferences, academic symposia and speaking engagements around the world relating to animals and the legal system. For example, ALDF is pleased to sponsor the upcoming ABA Animal Law Committee webinar where law experts, including ALDF’s founder, Joyce Tischler, will be discussing the recent U.S. v. Stevens decision. These types of events are another fantastic way for students to meet each other and further their education in animal law. So sharpen your pencils (or plug in your laptops!) and let’s get ready for another great year!