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National Animal Law Competition (NALC)


  • “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


Florida A & M Law School: 3
Juna Pulayya 

John Marshall Law School : 6 
Michael A. Bauer 

John Marshall Law School : 2 
Timothy J. Reilly 

Lewis & Clark Law School: 8 
Alexis Fox 

Lewis & Clark Law School: 12 
Claire Tonry 

New York University Law School: 1 
Jessica Almy 

Pace Law School: 11 
Amanda Ambrose 

Pace Law School: 9 
Amanda Johns 

Quinnipiac University School of Law: 13 
Kerry Patton 

Temple University, Bealsey School of Law: 7 
Andrea Pace 

University of Baltimore: 4 
Wendy McDermott 

University of Miami: 10 
Jane Graham 

University of Nebraska: 14 
Dawn Kurz 

University of Nebraska: 5 
Michelle Weber 


Florida Coastal School of Law: Team 4 
Vanessa Hodgerson 
Joanna Wymyslo 

Florida Coastal School of Law: Team 7 
LeeAnn Davis 
Michelle Gomez 

George Washington University Law School: Team 2 
Deborah Attwood 
Lindsay Boyd 

Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, School of Law: Team 16 
Oscar A. Morales 
Isabelle C. Oria 

Lewis & Clark Law School: Team 11 
Lauren Goldberg 
Erin Smith 

Lewis & Clark Law School: Team 17 
Neal Clark 
Zachary Norris 

Pace Law School: Team 13 
Stephanie Campbell 
Allyson Garner-Rucinski 

Southwestern Law School: Team 10 
Jessica Cohen 
Rozanna Geil 

Temple University, Bealsey School of Law: Team 9 
Roger Couture 
Isaac Pineo 

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law: Team 14 
Reid Miller 
Ashley Peoples 

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law: Team 6 
Jennifer Dukarski 
Anne MacCauley 

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law: Team 15 
Brittany Ducker 
Ashley Duncan 

University of Pennsylvania: Team 5 
Olwyn Conway 
Rachel Wechsler 

University of Washington School of Law: Team 1 
Jennifer Kaplan 
Tyler Wilson-Hoss 

Vermont Law School: Team 12 
Molly Brown 
Pamela Vesilind 

West Virginia University College of Law: Team 8 
Erica Narrish 
Jed Nolan 

William & Mary School of Law: Team 3 
Chris Casey 
David Crain