Global Ambassador Program

With advanced degree alumni from over 25 countries, we have a unique opportunity to expand the field of animal law across the globe and to improve protections for animals.

CALS Ambassadors Ever Chinoda (LLM' 17, Zimbabwe) and Yvonne Gurira (LLM' 22, Zimbabwe) with Professor Pamela Frasch CALS Ambassadors Ever Chinoda (LLM' 17, Zimbabwe) and Yvonne Gurira (LLM' 22, Zimbabwe) with Professor Pamela Frasch Our Global Ambassador Program (GAP) empowers and supports our alumni to continue their animal law education and advocacy in the U.S. and abroad through their own innovative, individual projects.

Every year we invite our animal law advanced degree alumni to submit project proposals that demonstrate an opportunity to make a difference for animals across the globe. CALS Ambassadors are selected through an application process for a particular project the alum wished to pursue during their GAP year.

As CALS Ambassadors, our alumni receive up to $5000 in grant funding, as well as other support for their projects. Since GAP launched in 2020, CALS Ambassadors have chosen a rich variety of animal law issues and tactics to focus on during their GAP year. We have had three rounds of CALS Ambassadors to date! You can learn more about them and their animal law projects here:

Ever Vimbai Chinoda

Executive Director and Founder, Speak Out For Animals
LLM ’17, CALS Ambassador 2021-2022

Wildlife Law Casebook. For wildlife law to develop in Zimbabwe, Ever believes it is important to have statutes and case precedents consolidated in one textbook. She will be focusing on literature development, primarily publishing a wildlife law casebook to be used by students, prosecutors, and magistrates in court to guide their decisions and judgments.

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   Photo, in memory of Dona Cooley, 2008-2020.

Tara Cooley

Animal Law Teaching Fellow, University of Connecticut
Hartford, Connecticut
LLM ’21, CALS Ambassador 2021-2022

Courtroom Animal Advocate Programs. As the UConn Animal Law Teaching Fellow, Tara is implementing several new projects related to Connecticut’s Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (CAAP) law—Desmond’s Law. Tara is working with UConn Law Professor Jessica Rubin to implement a new specialized animal cruelty diversionary program to address the absence of an accelerated pretrial rehabilitation program in Connecticut that meets the needs of cruelty offenders. Tara and Professor Rubin are also providing training and support to various states to assist in the implementation of CAAPs nationwide, including the development of a multi-state CAAP implementation guide.

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