Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter of the Year Award

The SALDF Chapter of the Year Award celebrates SALDF chapters that have shown incredible efforts in advancing the field of animal law and advocating for animals through original projects and initiatives. This award will be given out at the annual ALDF Student Convention in Portland, Oregon in October.

SALDF chapters are a vital part of the growing animal law movement. Through raising awareness of the field of animal law at their school, they are showing fellow students that animal protection is a serious social justice issue. These future attorneys, legislators and judges will be influential advocates for changing the law to better protect animals.

SALDF chapters raise awareness of issues affecting animals through activities such as holding events for ALDF’s weeks of action, like Speak Out for Farmed Animals Week; tabling; leafleting; screening films; organizing symposia and guest speakers; and building coalitions with other law school student organizations. They also advocate for Meatless Mondays or plant-based options in their cafeterias or at law school events, hold networking events, and volunteer at local farmed animal sanctuaries or humane societies.

If you would like your SALDF chapter to be considered for this award, please describe your chapter’s activities during the 2016-2017 academic year by responding to one or more of the following:

  1. Describe how your chapter raised awareness of animal law and protection issues to other law students and/or the broader law school or campus community;
  2. Describe one or more pioneering projects or initiatives your chapter spearheaded that advanced the field of animal law or otherwise benefited animals;
  3. Describe any other activity your chapter believes demonstrated exceptional dedication to the field that either advanced animal law or otherwise benefited animals.

The winner will be chosen by a committee comprised of Animal Legal Defense Fund staff, and will receive travel grant funding to attend the Animal Law Conference. Submissions must be 500 words or less, and be received no later than 5 p.m. PST on Monday, September 18, 2017. Please email your submission to Student Programs Attorney Kelly Levenda.

Congratulations to the past winners!

2016 SALDF Chapter of the Year: Lewis & Clark Law School

2015 SALDF Chapters of the Year (tie): George Washington University Law School and Harvard Law School

2014 SALDF Chapter of the Year: Florida State University College of Law

2013 SALDF Chapter of the Year: John F. Kennedy University College of Law

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