Welcome Jessica Blome!Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF's Staff Writer on September 13, 2013
As the Animal Legal Defense Fund works hard to expand its fight against animal cruelty through litigation, legislation, education, and criminal justice, we are delighted to welcome a new staff attorney to our growing ranks of animal heroes. Join us in welcoming Iowa-native Jessica Blome to our California office as our newest legal champion of animals.
Jessica was recently named one of 40 Up and Coming Lawyers for 2013. Jessica has been routinely recognized for her service to animal welfare, and recently received the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation Special Recognition Award, which she calls “the proudest achievement” of her life.
As staff attorney for ALDF, Jessica tackles all aspects of civil animal welfare litigation from development, to investigation, filing lawsuits, to trial, as well as policy review and coordination of law clerks. Jessica will be working on ALDF’s landmark cases fighting foie gras and improving protections for farmed animals and wildlife.
Jessica brings to this position years of experience prosecuting laws regulating civil animal care facilities (including breeders, rescuers, shelters, and brokers) at the state and federal level. Prior to working for ALDF, Jessica founded the Canine Cruelty Prevention Unit for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, where she prosecuted more than 50 substandard puppy mills and kennels, shutting down more than 40 of these inferior facilities and rescuing more than 6,000 animals. Several state animal welfare leaders consulted and relied on Jessica’s expertise in animal welfare when drafting legislation now known as the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act. In addition, Jessica has given numerous presentations to animal protection groups. Jessica holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice and captain of the Jessup International Moot Court Team, which competed in Jessup International Rounds in Washington, D.C.
Jessica is a passionate animal activist, vegetarian, and environmentalist. She believes animal protection and care for our planet are inherently linked, and that “as stewards of the world ecosystem we have a responsibility to both.” With her husband, Jessica cares for two dogs, Harvey and Arthur, and two cats, Jackson and Lola. They enjoy gardening, cycling, canoeing, and hiking.
Please join us in welcoming, Jessica to ALDF!