Welcome Jeff PiercePosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on October 11, 2013
ALDF is delighted to welcome our newest litigation fellow, Jeff Pierce. Already busy at work assisting us with our major caseload, Jeff is returning to ALDF after clerking for us last summer. Jeff is a recent graduate of Stanford Law School, where, as a SALDF member, he conducted legal research for Compassion Over Killing and oversaw his chapter’s pro bono efforts on behalf of that organization. As a law student, Jeff not only clerked for ALDF but also served as Editor-in-Chief of Stanford’s Journal of Animal Law and Policy.
In addition to law, Jeff studied biology at Duke University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and theology at Yale University. He also received a Fulbright Fellowship to research the impact of commercial forestry on rural communities and wildlife in Swaziland, in southern Africa. Jeff also brings to this position a background in education. For three years, he taught English and religious studies to high school students at Mercersburg Academy.
Jeff is a committed vegetarian, and stopped eating animals fifteen years ago, originally for environmental reasons. However, his religious training and spiritual practice intertwined with these ecological concerns, and a moral obligation to animals became his principal motivating factor. Along with this commitment, Jeff hopes to focus on the well-being of wildlife, especially those who suffer in artificial environs of captivity. But also key in his mind is the importance of ensuring the rights of non-captive wildlife to inhabit wild spaces free from extermination, harassment, and encroachment. Finally, Jeff aims to improve the legal status of animals.