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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.

Webinars

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.

Exposing Wildlife Services: Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Exposing Wildlife Services: Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Presented 12/14/22
In this free webinar, you will learn how the Animal Legal Defense Fund has used the Freedom of Information Act and Public Record Requests to gain information about relationships between local governments and Wildlife Services.

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Animal Law Update

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

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In January 2022, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador issued a landmark ruling that individual wild animals are subjects of legal rights under Ecuador’s “rights of nature” constitutional provision. The case involved a woolly monkey who was taken from the wild as a baby and kept unlawfully in a private home for 18 years.
Madrid Court Awards Joint Custody of a Dog in a Pioneering Ruling

Madrid Court Awards Joint Custody of a Dog in a Pioneering Ruling

In a pioneering ruling issued in October 2021, a Madrid court awarded joint custody of a dog, explicitly recognizing the emotional bond between the plaintiff and the animal.

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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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Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships

Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to law student members of our student chapters and are awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission.

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2021 Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship Recipients

The Animal Legal Defense Fund Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are awarded to law student members of our student chapters based upon demonstrated commitment to the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission, “to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system.”

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