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National Animal Law Competitions

9th Annual National Animal Law Competitions

February 24-26th, 2012

Presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies

Hosted by UCLA School of Law

  • “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, J.D., 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, J.D.

  • “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

The 2012 National Animal Law Competitions were a huge success. This year, we were thrilled to team up with the UCLA School of Law as they played host to the 9th annual event. Read UCLA Animal Law Program’s announcement

The National Animal Law Competitions (NALC) are an inter-law school competition presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark, in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.  NALC provides law students from across the United States an opportunity to develop knowledge in the field of animal law while honing their written and oral advocacy skills.  The event is comprised of three separate competitions:

  • Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition;
  • Closing Argument Competition; and
  • Appellate Moot Court Competition.

Once again this year, over seventy law student competitors represented over twenty of our nation’s best law schools at NALC.  We enjoyed the company of the student competitors, their coaches, and the many guest judges and volunteers that made this event possible.  We would especially like to thank UCLA School of Law. 

 

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