ALDF Founder Joyce Tischler Honored for Advancement of Animal Law

Posted on July 29, 2009

CHICAGO–The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Animal Law Committee is honoring Joyce Tischler of Cotati, Calif., with the Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award. The award will be presented to Tischler during the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL at the TIPS Animal Law Committee Awards Reception:

When: Saturday, Aug. 1 from 4 -5 p.m
Where: The Chicago Marriott Hotel on Michigan Avenue, Chicago Ballroom F/G, 5th floor

This is the third annual presentation of the award which recognizes exceptional work by a member or leader of an international, national, regional, state or local bar association’s animal law committee, who, through commitment and leadership, has advanced the humane treatment of animals.  

Tischler is an active member of the TIPS Animal Law Committee and co-founded the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 1979. ALDF is the first national non-profit legal organization focused on issues related to animals. Its mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system ( and has more than 110,000 members. Tischler served as its executive director for 25 years and now serves as its general counsel.

She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1977, where she also was a member of the San Diego Law Review, Steering Committee on Women in the Law, Environmental Law Society, and served as a student member on the faculty appointments committee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1974.

Tischler is admitted to the State Bar of California, the United States District Court for the Northern Eastern and Central Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The TIPS Animal Law Committee is home for a national forum on animal law. The ALC develops policies, addressing animal law trends, and serves as a clearinghouse for the examination and discussion of the law surrounding this burgeoning field. Founded in 2004, the committee has taken the lead in focusing national attention on animal law, and has been active in numerous ABA working groups focusing on animal law as it relates to other areas of law.

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section, with over 32,000 members, has 34 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS Web site,

With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.


Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation at the TIPS Animal Law Committee reception. Media credentials can be obtained by contacting the ABA Press Room in the Hyatt Regency Chicago beginning Thursday, July 30 or registering in advance at For more information on the award or TIPS contact Deborah Weixl, ABA Division for Media Relations and Communication Services, at 312/988-6126 or e-mail On site, call 847/902-9019.

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