The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Law Academy provides articles, educational webinars, and CLEs covering both substantive and practical topics in animal law written and presented by experts in the field. These are a convenient way to learn more about the rapidly developing field of animal law while staying up-to-date on the latest news.


Our webinars are an opportunity to learn about important issues currently facing animals in the legal system and are suitable for anyone interested in animal law, current and future law students, attorneys, legal professionals and animal advocates.

Critical Caselaw: Using the First Amendment to Protect Animals & Advocates

Critical Caselaw: Using the First Amendment to Protect Animals & Advocates

Wednesday, June 16th; 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT
The guarantee of free speech enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is critical to the animal protection movement. Join Kelsey Eberly, ALDF Senior Staff Attorney, as she explores the applicable legal canons and arguments employed to vindicate activists’ rights, protect advocacy, and empower entrepreneurial innovation.
Lobbying for Animals: State & Federal Legislative Update

Lobbying for Animals: State & Federal Legislative Update

Wednesday, June 23rd; 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT
Join Alicia Prygoski, Animal Legal Defense Fund Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, for a discussion about our legislative victories from the past few months and bills we’re currently advocating for at the state and federal level.


Animal Law Update

The Animal Law Update is a series highlighting legal and policy developments in the rapidly emerging field of animal law.

The global “rights of nature” movement — which seeks to secure legal rights, including standing, for features of the environment like rivers, forests, and ecosystems — continues to advance with two significant developments in North America.
Madras High Court Uses Child Custody Approach to Resolve Dispute Over Legal Ownership of Elephant
In October 2020, the Madras High Court in India resolved an “ownership” dispute involving an elephant named Lalitha using the “best interests” standard used in child custody cases.


Staff Scholarship

The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s staff have published articles about various topics in animal law in a variety of publications.


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