Welcome ALDF Summer Clerks!

Posted on June 15, 2009

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our summer clerks, who will be spending ten weeks gaining valuable experience working for either our Civil Litigation Program in California or our Criminal Justice Program in Oregon. Learn more about the David Reuben Legal Clerkships here. Read more about our summer clerks below.

Criminal Justice Program (Portland, Ore.)

Reagan Bush (University of Georgia): Reagan is a rising 3L at the University of Georgia (UGA) School of Law and the president of the UGA Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies and a minor in Islamic Studies, intending to be an F.B.I. Special Agent. However, she changed her mind during the first year of law school, and is now an aspiring animal and family lawyer. She especially hopes to raise the visibility of Animal Law in the Southeast. In her spare time, she enjoys fostering shelter animals, blogging, and running.

Mary Lang (Willamette University): After graduating from Lewis and Clark College with a self-designed major in Russian Studies, Mary began working in state and local government for a number of years before deciding to go to law school. She left a job as a Policy Analyst with the State of Oregon Seniors and People with Disabilities Division to attend Willamette University College of Law (WUCL) in Fall of 2007. Mary first became involved with animal rights as a teenager when she and a classmate video recorded their protest of a rodeo for a class project. Mary currently serves as the president of the WUCL SALDF chapter and she submitted a proposal for an Animal Law course at WUCL for Spring 2010. She and her SALDF designed and ordered tote bags as a fundraiser for Friends of Felines, a non-profit no-kill shelter.

Litigation Program (Cotati, Calif.)

Holly Rudolph (Lewis and Clark College): Holly is a third year law student at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. She received a Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in political science from Rutgers University before moving to Portland to study law. Holly is an associate editor of Animal Law Review and the assistant conference coordinator for the National Animal Law Conference. Holly is also working with faculty and other SALDF members to devise a training program for Court Appointed Special Advocates for animals, and promoting development of new animal law courses.

Lindsey Topp (Tulane University): Lindsey is a student at Tulane University Law School and the Freeman School of Business in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has finished her second year of law school and is working toward joint J.D. and M.B.A. degrees. Lindsey earned her B.A. in Philosophy- Religious Studies with a minor in Classical Studies from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS in 2005. Lindsey served as president of Tulane’s SALDF chapter during 2008-2009, and she will remain involved as treasurer of SALDF for the 2009- 2010 academic year. Lindsey is also Senior Business Editor of the Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality and is a student attorney with the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic. Additionally, she is excited to hold the position of Logistics Chair for Tulane’s Environmental Law Society because it will enable her to introduce cruelty-free, environmentally friendly meals at the organization’s regular meetings and at its Environmental Law Summit in the spring of 2010.