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National Animal Law Competition (NALC)

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  • “The National Animal Law Competitions allows students with a passion for advocacy specifically related to animal issues, to hone their skills to become better advocates. I have always enjoyed advocating for people who could not speak for themselves. By competing in the National Animal Law Competitions, I learned how to craft compelling arguments and learn how to present animal law issues to people who may not be as informed of the challenges that animals face. I enjoyed my time as a competitor so much that I signed up with Animal Legal Defense Fund and have assisted The John Marshall Law School as a coach for students competing in the National Animal Law Competitions. One of the greatest testaments of NALC is that it allows law students who are unaware of the plight of companion animals, farm animals, or even animals subjected to experiments, to become better stewards of those entrusted to our care. There is nothing like watching students evolve from supporters of animal issues to advocates of animal issues.” –Anthony Sam, JD, former competitor 

  • “As a trial lawyer for more than 25 years I was very impressed with the quality of the closing arguments of all the competitors. They performed at a level I would expect of a third year prosecutor, not a law student. And the winner was absolutely fantastic, particularly in her ability to think on her feet during the final round. Finding law students interested in not just the issue but bringing those who abuse animals to justice is particularly meaningful for those of us who have been working, often seemingly alone, in animal welfare enforcement.” –Josh Marquis, JD

  • “My partner and I chose to come back to NALC because we had such a great experience last year– thoughtful judges, a well-run competition, and thought-provoking practice problems. Connecting with animal law professionals and supportive members of the bench has been a great benefit of this competition and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.” –Anna Bennett, UC Irvine Law 3L

  • “It is really amazing to practice real skills and get feedback from the most important scholars and practitioners in animal law. The competition fosters relationships between competitors but also amongst the staff and judges.” –Stefanie Wilson, UC Irvine Law 3L

Scott Beckstead, Animal law attorney and Mayor of Waldport, Oregon 

David Cassuto, Associate Professor of Law, Pace Law School 

Ethan Eddy, Attorney, Animal Protection Litigation Department of the Humane Society of the United States 

Len Egert, Partner with Egert & Trakinski and Board Member of Compassion Over Killing 

Robert Fennessy, Partner with Law Offices of Robert H. Fennessy 

Peter Gollub, Director of Law Enforcement for the MSPCA 

Chris Green, Vice-chair, American Bar Association Animal Law Committee 

Kathy Hessler, Professor, Case Western School of Law and Board Member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund 

Laura Ireland Moore, Executive Director of the National Center for Animal Law, Director and Senior Attorney of the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School 

Jeff Kerr, General Counsel for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals 

Daniel Kinburn, General Counsel, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine 

Bob Kruse, Partner with Mikita Kruse Law Office 

Sarah Luick, Administrative Law Judge and Board Member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund 

Ginny Mikita, Partner with Mikita Kruse Law Office 

Jami Pannell, Staff Attorney with the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School 

Nancy Perry, Vice President of the Government Affairs Department of the Humane Society of the United States 

Peter Petersan, Deputy Director of the Animal Protection Litigation Department of the Humane Society of the United States 

Bonnie Robson, Deputy General Counsel - Litigation PETA Foundation 

Mariann Sullivan, Deputy Chief Appellate Court Attorney of the New York State Appellate Division, First Department and Board Member of Farm Sanctuary 

Amy Trakinski, Partner with Egert & Trakinski, Director of the Animal Welfare Trust, and Board Member of Compassion Over Killing 

Paul Waldau, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine 

Odette Wilkins, Executive Director, Equal Justice Alliance 

Delcianna Winders, Associate Attorney with Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal 

David J. Wolfson, Partner in the Global Corporate Group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy