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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.

Lobbying for Animals: State & Federal Legislative Update

Lobbying for Animals: State & Federal Legislative Update

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021; 12-1pm PT
Join Animal Legal Defense Fund Senior Legislative Affairs Manager Stephanie Harris for a quarterly update on animal protection legislation. The webinar will review recent victories and pending priorities at the state and federal level and explore ways you can help pass animal protection laws.
Farmed Animals & Natural Disasters

Farmed Animals & Natural Disasters

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021; 12-1pm PT
This webinar will walk law students through the animal-related issues at the center of climate disasters and the limited laws that address the welfare of these animals.

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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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New Arizona Law Distinguishes Companion Animals From Other Tenant Property


“Matthew’s Law” allows landlords to enter a rental unit to retrieve companion animals in the event a tenant dies or becomes incapacitated. It also requires landlords to request an emergency contact for tenants who live with companion animals.
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Spain Poised to Recognize Animal Sentience Within Civil Code, Clarifying Animals Are Not “Things”

On April 18, 2021, the Spanish Parliament approved consideration of a bill that would amend the country’s Civil Code to recognize animals are “living beings endowed with sentience” rather than “things,” specifically “moveable property.”

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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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