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Center for Animal Law Studies

Animal Law Litigation Clinic

The Animal Law Litigation Clinic was launched in the fall of 2019 and is the world’s first and only legal clinic devoted to advancing legal protections for farmed animals.

The Animal Law Litigation Clinic (ALLC) provides top-notch litigation training for future lawyers by providing students with substantive instruction and the opportunity to practice litigation skills. The ALLC advocates for farmed animals in the courtroom through cutting-edge lawsuits aimed at establishing and expanding legal protections and rights for farmed animals, including challenging the presumption that common, inhumane farming practices are shielded from judicial scrutiny, and pursuing novel causes of action. Visit the Law Courses Catalog for course details, prerequisites, enrollment, and more.

The ALLC provides high-quality legal services to clients on a pro bono basis.

  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><blockquote class="pulled quote transparent" style="width: 90%;"> It is an honor and a pleasure to work with the Animal Law Litigation Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School. I am continually impressed by the students’ depth of knowledge, skill, and professionalism. Their specialized training in impact litigation for the protection of farmed animals will pay strategic dividends for the movement as they move through their careers as lawyers and judges. The ALLC is to thank for laying this critical foundation while ably serving its clients.”<span class="speaker">ALLC Client</span></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><blockquote class="pulled quote transparent" style="width: 90%;"> The Animal Law Litigation Clinic has been an invaluable resource for us and we have greatly appreciated our interactions with Clinic staff. While we were obviously aware of the quality of work we would be receiving from Professor Winders, what has been pleasantly surprising is the quality of work provided by Clinic students who have researched, analyzed, and resolved complex legal issues at a level that far exceeds the capabilities of most law students. We are thankful for the Clinic and we look forward to working with them on many cases in the future.”<span class="speaker">ALLC Client</span></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><blockquote class="pulled quote transparent" style="width: 90%;"> In partnership with the Clinic, we have been able to bring multiple, high-profile lawsuits that seek to enact meaningful change for millions of animals suffering in factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses. This collaboration has significantly expanded the strategic impact of our organization by not only allowing us to bring these lawsuits, but by allowing our internal resources to focus on other areas of meaningful impact for animals.”<span class="speaker">ALLC Client</span></blockquote></div>

Cases are selected to maximize student learning opportunities while also effecting the most change for farmed animals. Students are involved in every aspect of litigation, including appearing in court on behalf of clients. Depending on the procedural posture of the clinic’s cases, work may include interviewing potential clients/client representatives; drafting complaints; briefing and arguing dispositive motions; drafting and responding to discovery requests; taking or defending depositions; pre-trial motions practice; trial work, including voir dire and direct and cross examination; and post-trial briefing. Learn more about our current cases and check out our media coverage and more regarding the ALLC’s work.

Students leave the ALLC with a solid litigation foundation, including experience in assessing the merits and implications of potential lawsuits on behalf of animals and zealously litigating the strongest cases.

  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><blockquote class="pulled quote transparent" style="width: 90%;"> I’m so grateful to be in a collaborative space that allows me to hone my advocacy skills while also protecting the interests of farmed animals. I love that our roundtable class discussions about lawyering, ethics, and contemporary issues in the animal rights movement shape our litigation goals and strategies.”<span class="speaker">ALLC Student</span></blockquote></div>

Delcianna WindersThe ALLC is led by Assistant Clinical Professor and Director Delcianna Winders. She is a noted animal law attorney, scholar, and professor. Professor Winders has practiced animal law for more than a decade in a variety of settings and has taught the subject for nearly as long. She was Harvard’s first-ever Animal Law & Policy fellow, and previously taught animal law at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and Tulane University School of Law. Professor Winders also teaches a summer course at Vermont Law School.