Animal Law Litigation Clinic
The Animal Law Litigation Clinic (ALLC) focuses on the legal protections and rights of farmed animals. It is the nation’s only clinic focused exclusively on animal law litigation. Under the leadership of professor Delcianna Winders, the clinic advocates for farmed animals in the courtroom through cutting-edge lawsuits aimed at establishing and expanding legal protections and legal rights for farmed animals, including by challenging the presumption that common, inhumane farming practices are shielded from judicial scrutiny and pursuing novel causes of action.
Cases are selected to maximize student learning opportunities while also making the most change for farmed animals. Students are involved in every aspect of litigation, including appearing in court on behalf of animals. 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.
Students will leave the ALCC 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.