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The Animal Law Academy webinars are an opportunity to hone your skills and gain both practical and substantive knowledge about important issues currently facing animals in the legal system. Participants will learn from the experts and enjoy an interactive Q&A session. Don’t miss the chance to get an in-depth look into what it means to advocate for animals’ through the legal system.

Animal Law Academy webinars are suitable for anyone interested in animal law, current and future law students, attorneys, legal professionals and animal advocates.

Upcoming webinars

Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapters and Courtroom Animal Advocate Programs — How You Can Help
1/26/21 12-12:30 pm PT
Animal Legal Defense Fund Senior Legislative Affairs Manager Kathleen Schatzmann and Seton Hall Law School Student Chapter member Alice Huang will share specific actions that law students and Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapters can take to significantly impact Courtroom Animal Advocate Program bills. A brief Q/A to follow.
Law Student Paper Series — Improving the Conservation and Protection of Sharks Through the Power of International Treaties and the Development of New Shark-Focused Legally Binding Instrument

Law Student Paper Series — Improving the Conservation and Protection of Sharks Through the Power of International Treaties and the Development of New Shark-Focused Legally Binding Instrument

2/4/21 12-12:45 pm PT
In this presentation, Lu Shegay, Lewis & Clark Law School, will discuss how certain countries treat sharks within their legal frameworks, as well as analyze the international instruments that can help improve protections for sharks. A brief Q&A to follow. 
Career Planning in Animal Law

Career Planning in Animal Law

2/12/21 12-1:30 pm PT
Join the Animal Legal Defense Fund and special guests for a conversation on career planning in animal law! This webinar will feature animal law experts as they answer questions directly from students on clerkships, curriculum planning, interviewing, and so much more.
Law Student Paper Series — Reducing Wildlife Mismanagement in the U.S.

Law Student Paper Series — Reducing Wildlife Mismanagement in the U.S.

2/18/21 12-12:45 pm PT
Despite persistent misguided beliefs, hunting does not reduce conflicts between wild animals and humans. Join Sahana Ramdas, Buffalo University, in a presentation analyzing the misaligned role played by the U.S. regulatory bodies, with a focus on ways to reduce conflict without compromising on the protection of wildlife and nature preservation.
Law Student Paper Series — Sustainability vs. Overexploitation: A Nexus Between Illegal Wildlife Trafficking and the Climate Crisis

Law Student Paper Series — Sustainability vs. Overexploitation: A Nexus Between Illegal Wildlife Trafficking and the Climate Crisis

2/25/21 12-12:45 pm PT
Join Spring A. Gaines, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, as she discusses how national and international policies fail to implement the idea of sustainability into protecting ecosystems that are continuously overexploited to their own detriment, while exploring how this oversight impacts species in different parts of our natural world.
Law Student Paper Series — The Bear Necessities: Ursine Suffering Exposed, Explained, and Expelled

Law Student Paper Series — The Bear Necessities: Ursine Suffering Exposed, Explained, and Expelled

3/4/21 12-12:45 pm PT
The United States is home to tens of thousands of bears, yet they receive little attention in comparison to other wildlife. Join Morgan Pattan, Michigan State University, as she discusses the psychological impact of captivity on bears.
Law Student Paper Series — Milking the System: The Ugly Truth Silenced by Ag-Gag Laws, Misleading Advertising, and Meaningless Labeling

Law Student Paper Series — Milking the System: The Ugly Truth Silenced by Ag-Gag Laws, Misleading Advertising, and Meaningless Labeling

3/18/21 12-12:45 pm PT
Join Dasha Nikitina, Vermont Law School, as she walks attendees through the laws and challenges surrounding the false labeling of animal products and the solutions that could be employed to protect consumers while improving the well-being of cows in industrial dairies.
Law Student Paper Series — Defining 'Meat': Plant-based Meat Label Censorship in the United States

Law Student Paper Series — Defining ‘Meat’: Plant-based Meat Label Censorship in the United States

4/1/21 12-12:45 pm PT
Join Bianka Atlas, Lewis & Clark Law School, for an overview of the plant-based meat labeling landscape in the United States, with a focus on current and pending state legislation and lawsuits. 

Past webinars

Law Student Paper Series — Colorless Coral: The Legal Landscape of Protecting Florida’s Coral from Human Impacts
Presented 1/14/21
Join Catherine Awasthi, Florida State University College of Law, as she presents on the legal and scientific issues associated with coral reefs, and the measures that are in place to rescue them. A brief Q&A to follow. 
Vindicating Pierson v. Post’s 'Saucy Intruder': Of Wildlife Crimes & Crimes Against Wildlife

Vindicating Pierson v. Post’s ‘Saucy Intruder’: Of Wildlife Crimes & Crimes Against Wildlife

Presented 12/16/20
Join David Rosengard, Animal Legal Defense Fund senior staff attorney, for a discussion regarding wildlife crimes, crimes against wildlife — and the subtle but significant difference between the two.
Year End Impact Report 2020

Year End Impact Report 2020

Presented 12/9/20
As 2020 comes to an end, we’re looking back at our biggest legal victories for animals over the last year and looking ahead at what’s to come in 2021. Join Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, as he shares stories behind this year’s biggest victories.
Critical Caselaw: Personhood Through the Lens of Animal Standing

Critical Caselaw: Personhood Through the Lens of Animal Standing

Presented 12/2/20
Join Animal Law Program Director Stacey Gordon Sterling for a discussion of how courts review the legal status of animals in the context of animal standing cases.
New York Town Hall

New York Town Hall

Presented 11/18/20
Join us for a presentation to review animal protection bills in the New York legislature – and learn ways that you can directly impact bill movement.
Animal Victims and Restorative Justice

Animal Victims and Restorative Justice

Presented 9/30/20
Restorative justice is not a new concept, but it largely has not been applied in animal crimes. In this webinar, Brittany Hill, Criminal Justice Program Fellow, will introduce the audience to restorative justice.
Student Chapter Kickoff

Student Chapter Kickoff

Presented 9/25/20
Welcome to a new — though somewhat different — academic year! Join us and your peers from other law schools across the country for the Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter Kickoff – an online event exclusively for law students.
New Jersey Town Hall

New Jersey Town Hall

Presented 9/24/20
In this interactive webinar Kathleen Schatzmann, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, will provide an update on animal protection legislation in New Jersey and provide multiple real-time opportunities for strategic targeting to build support and momentum for bill passage.

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