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



  • 1st Place - Meredith Price, Competitor #1, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • 2nd Place - Andrew Friedman, Competitor #14, George Washington University Law School
  • Finalists (in alphabetical order)-
    • Anita Goela, Competitor #3, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law AND
    • Michelle Sinnot, Competitor #13, Vermont Law School
  • Best Bill & Fact Sheet - Michelle Sinnot, Competitor #13, Vermont Law School



  • 1st Place - Anthony Sam, Competitor #5, The John Marshall Law School - Chicago
  • 2nd Place - Jessica Su Johnson, Competitor #2, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Finalists (in alphabetical order)-
    • Lindsay Abernethy, Competitor #10, The University of Montana School of Law AND
    • Wesland Wright, Competitor #3, University of Nebraska College of Law



  • 1st Place - Myra Blake & Alex Krueger, Team #8, Harvard Law School
  • 2nd Place - Tara Gallagher & Ashley MacKenzie, Team #10, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Semi-Finalists (in numerical order) -
    • Nadia Adawi & Holly Trief, Team #15, Earl Mack School of Law at Drexel University AND Golden Gate University School of Law                                            AND
    • Nicolet Corliss & Kristi Martin, Team #16, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Best Brief - Myra Blake & Alex Krueger, Team #8, Harvard Law School
  • Best Brief Runner Up - Cary Mayberger & Jenny Shmuel, Team #5, Harvard Law School
  • Best Oral Advocate - A TIE! (in alphabetical order) -
    • Farheen Jahangir of Team #20, Florida A&M University College of Law          AND
    • Cristella Valdez of Team #12, University of New Mexico School of Law