Faculty & Staff
The Center for Animal Law Studies is headed by Pamela Frasch, Executive Director and the first and only Assistant Dean of an animal law program in the nation. Together with Clinical Professor Kathy Hessler and Animal Law LL.M. Director Natasha Dolezal, they devote themselves to expanding course offerings (and degree programs like the LL.M.), running the clinic, and engaging in research and scholarship to further the field of animal law.
Pamela D. Frasch, J.D.
Assistant Dean, Animal Law Program &
Executive Director, Center for Animal Law Studies
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Executive Director Pamela Frasch joins Lewis & Clark Law School from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a national non-profit animal protection law organization that seeks to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. In 1996, Ms. Frasch created the ALDF Criminal Justice Program which has since assisted law enforcement and animal advocates in investigating and prosecuting thousands of animal abuse and neglect cases nationwide.
In addition to her duties with the Center, Ms. Frasch is co-author of the premier American legal casebook in the field, Animal Law, Cases and Materials now in its fourth edition (Carolina Academic Press, 2011) and used in most animal law courses being taught in the United States. She is also co-author, with Professor Kathy Hessler, Sarah Kutil, and Sonia Waisman, of Animal Law in a Nutshell (Thomson West, 2010). Ms. Frasch has taught survey and advanced courses in animal law at Lewis & Clark Law School since 1998.
Ms. Frasch is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on issues of animal law and is the principal author of Oregon’s first felony anti-cruelty law. She has authored or co-authored many articles and book chapters in the field, and has been recognized by the Humane Society of the United States and the Oregon Humane Society for her contributions.
Kathy Hessler, J.D., LL.M.
Clinical Professor & Animal Law Clinic Director
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Professor Kathy Hessler comes to the Center from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she both taught and served as Associate Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution. She was also a founding director of the Summer Legal Academy, a program of the Center for Social Justice designed to support the interest of minority high school students in the law. She taught in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center, and also taught courses on animal law, mediation, and focused problem solving.
Prior to teaching at Case, Professor Hessler taught in clinical programs at Cornell Law School, the University of Dayton Law School, and the Capital University School of Law. She has been an advisor to the Animal Law Review since 1998.
Professor Hessler has published:
- Where Do We Draw the Line Between Harassment and Free Speech? An Analysis of Hunter Harassment Law, 3 Animal Law Journal 129 (1997). CITED in People v. Sanders, 696 N.E.2d 1144, 1150 (Ill. S.Ct., 1998).
- Early Efforts to Suppress Protests: Unwanted Abolitionist Speech, 7 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 185 (1998).
- Bridge of Hope, Journey to Justice: An Essay, Volume 3, Issue 1 Seattle Journal for Social Justice 429 (Fall/Winter 2004).
- Mediating Animal Law Matters, 2 Journal of Animal Law and Ethics 21 (2007).
- Ohio Non-violent Civil Disobedience Protest Manual, 1996, updated 2002, 2003.
Professor Hessler is also co-author, with Executive Director Pamela Frasch, of the forthcoming Animal Law in a Nutshell (Thomson West, 2010).
Professor Hessler received her B.A. in Sociology from George Washington University, her J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, and her LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to focusing her career on becoming a law professor, Ms. Hessler practiced law with Northern Virginia Legal Services in their Fairfax Office.
Natasha Dolezal, J.D.
Director, Animal Law LL.M. Program
Natasha Dolezal joined Lewis & Clark as the director of the first Animal Law LL.M. Program. Most recently, she was the Associate Director for State Relations at Oregon Health & Science University. At OHSU, she was primarily an advocate for the university representing OHSU in front of multiple government entities, agencies and public officials. Natasha worked closely with the university’s executive leadership, faculty, students and with donor and public policy committees on various health care, education and research issues.
Natasha began her legal career in the Oregon Legislature as a senator’s legislative assistant. In this capacity, she was instrumental in bringing the Senate Judiciary Committee to Lewis & Clark for a public hearing on various animal related legislation and successfully shepherding a bill recognizing the link between animal abuse and child abuse into law. Natasha then transitioned to a position as a Deputy District Attorney where she gained invaluable experience prosecuting felony and misdemeanor crimes, including animal abuse cases.
Natasha received degrees in biology and psychology from Gonzaga University and her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to practicing law, Natasha focused her academic and employment pursuits on wildlife conservation in Kenya, performing conservation genetics research on various species of birds and training, and caring for assistance dogs at a large nonprofit.
Director of Operations, Center for Animal Law Studies
Lindsay Kadish joined the Center for Animal Law Studies after working with Lewis & Clark’s Business Law Programs. Prior to joining the staff at Lewis & Clark, Lindsay was the Assistant Director of the Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In her role, she managed program operations, advised on curriculum development, and co-instructed courses on business in India, Japan, and China.
Before working in academia, Lindsay worked as a Paramedic Shift Officer for Woodburn Ambulance. Here she was responsible for providing emergency medical services to urban and rural communities, and for managing employees and ambulance operations. Lindsay also provided training to paramedic students and created a training program for new employees.
Lindsay received a BA from the University of Arizona.