How are Animals Being Protected Around the World?

CALS Ambassadors Tess Vickery ’19 and Tony Gerrans ’19 shared cutting-edge animal law developments from around the world and called on attendees to take action to protect animals in their home countries.
Sows in gestation crates at a pig breeding facility in Virginia

The Case Against Extreme Confinement of Farmed Animals

On October 11, 2022, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the meat industry’s demand to keep pregnant sows in prison cells no larger than their bodies.

An Exciting Opportunity for the Next Generation

The Law Scholars for Change Program is providing a new scholarship for law students obtaining our Certificate in Animal Law—apply now!

World Day for Farmed Animals

October 2nd is World Day for Farmed Animals, a day internationally-recognized since 1983 to raise awareness for farmed animals

Hira Jaleel Joins CALS Team as Animal Law Teaching Fellow

A Fullbright Scholar and Animal Law LLM Alum (’20, Pakistan), Hira will support the Animal Law Program in her new role.

Celebrating Two Years of Championing Wild Animals and Wild Spaces

The Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment is celebrating its second anniversary.

CALS Welcomes Animal Law Program Coordinator

Danielle Lopez has joined the team at the Center for Animal Law Studies as Animal Law Program Coordinator.

Raising Awareness Regarding the Treatment of Animals in Asia

Meet Lyudmilia Shegay and Zihao Yu, our CALS Global Ambassadors and Animal Law LLM Alumns, who are advancing legal protections for animals in Kazakhstan and China through education and outreach.
GLA and ABA ROLI pose for a picture with an inspiring group of Peruvian professionals on Monday, ...

GLA Builds Local Capacity to Reduce Wildlife Trafficking in Peru

GLA hosts Peruvian prosecutors, police, and judges working to protect wild animals
Zambezi National Park is a national park located upstream from Victoria Falls on the Zambezi Rive...

Animal Law LLM Alum Creates First Wildlife Law Course in Zimbabwe

Ever Chinoda’s Wildlife Law course has been a resounding success!

Professor Tischler Shares Scholarship on Industrial Animal Agriculture at Oxford

In this blog, Professor Joyce Tischler discusses her work for farmed animals at the Seventh Annual Oxford Summer School on Animal Ethics

A female chimpanzee with a baby on mangrove trees. Republic of the Congo. Conkouati-Douli Reserve.

Saving Chimpanzees from Exploitation

The Global Law Alliance has joined theAction for Chimpanzees Initiative, a groundbreaking collaborative program to help reduce the poaching and trafficking of chimpanzees originating from or transiting through West Africa.

Diego Plaza advocating for Sandai?s release

Alum Gains International Attention to Free Orangutan

Diego Plaza, LLM ’20, has been advocating to free Sandai, a 28-year-old orangutan, from a Chilean zoo. Supported by 21 international experts, he filed Chile’s first habeas corpus petition for a non-human animal.
A competitor arguing in the National Animal Law Competition in 2016

Revival of the National Animal Law Competitions

The Brooks Institute is relaunching the Competitions with support from the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School and several other law schools.

Yvonne Gurira Receives Outstanding Animal Law LLM Graduate Award

Yvonne Gurira is named this year’s Outstanding Animal Law LLM Graduate, a merit award given in memory of Florence Kaufelt, a lifelong friend of animals, to a graduate of our Animal Law LLM program.

2022 Animal Law Leadership Award Winners Announced

This year’s award is presented to three Lewis & Clark law students who have demonstrated leadership in the field of animal law.

Keegan Bockhorst Selected for Richard J. Peppin Animal Rights Scholarship

Lewis & Clark Law School student, Keegan Bockhorst (1L), receives Peppin Scholarship for Animal Rights.

Improving International Protections for Wild Animals

The Law School recently hosted an innovative workshop on wildlife law taught by Professor Tanya Wyatt of Northumbria University, which pushed participants to think critically about what we perceive wildlife to be and how we conceptualize it in the law. Co-hosted by Professor Wyatt, the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS), and Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program.
Collared Aracari - Pteroglossus torquatus is toucan, a near-passerine bird. It breeds from southe...

Global Law Alliance Cited By Ecuador’s Constitutional Court In Landmark Decision

Ecuador’s Constitutional Court recently issued a landmark decision extending the rights of nature to wild animals. In reaching its decision, the Court cited an opinion piece by Professors Lyman and Fromherz of Lewis & Clark Law School’s Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment.
Wild elephant in the beautiful forest at Kanchanaburi province in Thailand, (with clipping path)

Invest in Our Planet This Earth Day!

This Earth Day, the theme is Invest in Our Planet. Join us as we share ways you can take action for the planet and the amazing, incredible beings we share it with, in this blog by Professor Joyce Tischler.

The Third Annual World Aquatic Animal Day Receives a Seal of Approval

On April 3, our Animal Law Clinic and Aquatic Animal Law Initiative hosted the third annual World Aquatic Animal Day. In this blog, Animal Law LLM Candidate, Courtney McVean, provides an overview of the event.
Bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus saltwater fish in mediterranean

Rethinking Sustainability for World Aquatic Animal Day

Join us for the Third Annual World Aquatic Animal Day on April 3, 2022, where leading legal and scientific advocates will present panels on rethinking sustainability. In this blog, learn more about this year’s theme—Disentangling the Sustainability Myth in Fishing and Aquaculture.

Rajesh K. Reddy Promoted to Animal Law Program Director

Dr. Rajesh K. Reddy is stepping into a new role as the Animal Law Program Director at the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Applications Now Being Accepted for New Master of Studies in Animal Law Degree

The Master of Studies (MSL) in Animal Law degree for non-lawyers is the first of its kind in the U.S. The first cohort of students will start Fall 2022. Apply now!
From left to Right: Vanessa Gischkow Garbini, Daina Bray, Marcia Condoy Truyenque, David Favre, R...

Lewis & Clark Animal Law LLM Candidates Help Lead the Charge for an International Convention to Protect Animals and Prevent Future Pandemics

Animal Law LLM Candidates Vanessa Gischkow Garbini and Marcia Condoy Truyenque take active roles in developing the next draft of the Convention on Animal Protection for Public Health, Animal Welfare, and the Environment.

The Myth of Sustainability in Fisheries and Aquaculture

The theme for our third annual World Aquatic Animal Day on April 3, 2022, is Disentangling the Sustainabilty Myth in Fishing and Aquaculture. In this blog, Animal Law LLM Candidate, Courtney McVean, raises awareness for aquatic animals and provides an overview of this year’s theme.

The Future of Koalas Is in Jeopardy

Koalas were recently listed as an endangered species for the first time in parts of Australia. In this blog, Australian attorney, Tess Vickery, Animal Law LLM Alum (’19) and CALS Global Ambassador (’21-’22), reflects on how we arrived at this place and what we must do to ensure the survival of koalas.

Speaking Up for Farmed Animals During Animal Law Week

During Animal Law Week, members of the Lewis & Clark Law School Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter raise awareness for farmed animals with “Meat Out”. We’re proud to support our students by sharing why we’re all speaking up for farmed animals and celebrating how we center farmed animal advocacy in our work throughout the year.
Our last L & C in person Animal Advocacy Networking Event held in 2019

Networking in Animal Law: A Law Student’s Perspective

It’s Animal Law Week and two events this year focus on networking for animal law students. In this blog, 3L law student and L & C Animal Legal Defense Fund Member and Public Relations Chair, Jessica Dantzler, reflects on the importance of networking in the field of animal law.

More Than A Link: The Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Holds That Animal Cruelty Can Also Constitute Domestic Violence

The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously confirmed that not only are domestic violence and animal cruelty linked, but that animal cruelty can also constitute domestic violence. In this blog, CALS Associate Director and Adjunct Professor, Megan Senatori, provides an overview of the decision and considers how the law could improve for victims from here.
Herd of young brahman cattle in a field during the dry season in Guancaste, Costa Rica. These cat...

Cash Cows: Narco-Ranching and Its Impact on Animals, the Environment, and Local Communities in Central America

For those laboring under the illusion that the drug trade primarily affects only its active participants, “narco-ranching” serves as a wake-up call. In this blog, International Animal and Environmental Law Clinic law students Lina Rodriguez Lancheros and Sarah Miranda provide an overview of the manifold concerns that narco-ranching presents for animals, habitat, vulnerable communities, and food systems.

The United States Has the Power to Throw Pangolins a Lifeline—and They Need It More than Ever

On this World Pangolin Day, Erica Lyman, Clinical Professor and Director of our Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment (GLA), and Nicholas Fromherz, GLA’s Latin American Program Director, explain how the U.S. has the power to protect pangolins by exercising its authority under the Pelly Amendment.

Center for Animal Law Studies to Co-Host Sustainable Protein Forum February 18

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) is pleased to co-host “Sustainable Protein: The Legal, Ethical, and Business Dimensions” in a free webinar jointly hosted on February 18th with the Center for Business Law and Innovation (CBLI)..
Wild Snow Leopard In Snow Storm in Pakistan

CALS Animal Law LLM Alumna To Teach Pakistan’s First-Ever Animal Law Course

Hira Jaleel, CALS Animal Law LLM ’20 alumna and CALS Global Ambassador, will teach Pakistan’s first-ever Animal Law course this spring semester.
A brown-headed spider monkey is in the jungle

In Ecuador, a Major Win for Wild Spaces and Wild Animals

On December 1, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court issued a landmark decision on the rights of nature. In our latest blog, Nicholas Fromherz, Senior Staff Attorney of our Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment, and Clinical Professor and Director Erica Lyman explain why the decision brings good news for wild animals and the habitat they call home.
Wild African elephant in the savannah. Serengeti National Park. Wildlife of Tanzania. African lan...

Coming Together to Address One Health, One Welfare at the 5th Africa Animal Welfare Conference

In this blog, Animal Law LLM Alumnus, Tony Gerrans, provides an overview of the 5th Annual African Animal Welfare Conference as it examined the theme One Health, One Welfare—For a Better and Greener Tomorrow. The Center for Animal Law Studies co-sponsored the Conference.

Animal Law LLM Alumna Advocates for Farmed Animals Via New Animal Law Database

Animal Law LLM Alumna, Alice DiConcetto (’16, France), helped to create a new database of laws and policies that impact farmed animals: the Coller Animal Law Forum.

A Core Threat to Wild Animals and Marine Life: The Importance of Reducing Single-Use Plastics

In this blog, Senior Attorney Nicholas Fromherz of our Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment describes the core threat that single-use plastics present to wild animals and marine life, as well as how each of us can help.

The Glaring Absence at COP26: Any Meaningful Focus on Animals

As global leaders meet in Glasgow at COP26, not enough is being done to consider the interests of animals in the conversation.

An baby orangutan hangs in a tree in Borneo

Our Relationship with Animals was Transformed at the 29th Annual Animal Law Conference

An overview of this year’s Animal Law Conference is provided by Lewis & Clark Law Student, Caitlin Kelly, who attended the Conference through a scholarship from the Law Scholars for Change Program.

Announcing: The Joyce Tischler Scholarship for Animal Law Education is established by the International Society for Animal Rights

The International Society for Animal Rights has generously established the Joyce Tischler Scholarship for Animal Law Education in honor of Professor Tischler’s groundbreaking contributions to establish and develop the field of animal law.

Building a Movement to Protect Animals, Humans and the Environment

On World Day for Farmed Animals, Professor Joyce Tischler reflects on why advocating for a more humane life for farmed animals also helps our fellow human beings and the environment.
Elephant mother with her young child, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya

Celebrating One Year of the Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment

Join us as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of our Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment with an interview of Clinical Professor Erica Lyman and Senior Staff Attorney Nicholas Fromherz. Learn about their work championing wild animals and wild spaces, and training student advocates.
A noble lion resting on a kopje in the Serengeti while winds blow through his mighty mane.

Center for Animal Law Studies Announces New Global Ambassadors

The Center for Animal Law Studies is proud to announce its newest Global Ambassdors and share how they will use their expertise to protect animals around the globe.

Changing the Tide by Advocating for Aquatic Animals

On August 1st, the Center for Animal Law Studies is delighted to join over 250 organizations and dedicated individuals to create a more compassionate world for fish and other aquatic animals through Respect for Fish Day.

Advocate for Tigers: Their Survival is in Our Hands

Tigers have captured the imagination and earned the respect of humankind for thousands of years. Yet these big cats are disappearing at an alarming rate. On International Tiger Day, the Center for Animal Law Studies offers insight into current threats and how we can all help protect these magnificent creatures.

Be An Advocate For Sharks On Shark Awareness Day (and Every Day)

As we celebrate Shark Awareness Day, Clinical Professor Erica Lyman and Senior Staff Attorney Nick Fromherz reflect both on the majesty of sharks and the critical role they play as apex predators in the ecosystem and on the important role that our laws serve in protecting these creatures.
jaguar in the peruvian amazon jungle at Madre de Dios

Global Law Alliance Combats Wildlife Trafficking in Peru

The Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment is working with Peruvian officials and the ABA Rule of Law Initiative to protect animals at risk of extinction and threats to biodiversity from wildlife trafficking.  
A worker at a high speed slaughterhouse drags a conscious pig who is unable to move.

Lawsuit Aimed at Holding USDA Responsible for Protecting Pigs and Consumers Will Proceed

The lawsuit filed by the Animal Law Litigation Clinic against the USDA can now move forward, following this ruling.

Victory for Animal Law Litigation Clinic and Students

With help from dedicated law students, the Animal Law Litigation Clinic has defeated the Government’s motions to dismiss two lawsuits brought on behalf of a coalition of plaintiffs to challenge the Government’s deregulation of pig slaughterhouses and its failure to protect downed pigs.

Pigs at a high speed facility being moved to slaughter.

Court Rejects USDA’S Attempt To Derail Lawsuit Challenging Weakened Pig Slaughter Rules

A federal district court judge ruled today that a lawsuit, brought by the Animal Law Litigation Clinic challenging a 2019 decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reduce federal oversight and eliminate line speed limits at pig slaughterhouses, can move forward.
A scalloped hammerhead shark swims over the active reef in Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Marine Fish as Wildlife: The Danger of a Disaggregated Approach

The legal definition of “wildlife” can mean the difference between protection and vulnerability. In this blog, Senior Staff Attorney Nick Fromherz and Clinical Professor Erica Lyman argue that the definition should be expanded to give marine fish and other species the protection they deserve.

ABA Journal Features Animal Law Director in Work to Prevent Pandemics

As a “member who inspires,” Professor Rajesh Reddy was featured in the national American Bar Association Journal for his work to prevent zoonotic disease through international agreements to protect animals.

Jessica Chapman Receives Inaugural Outstanding Animal Law LLM Graduate Award

The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School named Jessica Chapman as the inaugural Outstanding Animal Law LLM Graduate. This award is given in memory of Florence Kaufelt, a lifelong friend of animals, to a graduate of our Animal Law LLM Program.
Aerial view of a group of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Khwai river, Moremi National ...

National Geographic Whistleblower Story Quotes Professor

Clinical Professor Erica Lyman was quoted as a legal expert in a National Geographic article regarding an oil and gas project that threatens endangered animals and the environment in Africa.

The Center for Animal Law Studies Announces a New Application Window for Its Global Ambassador Program

A new application window for the Global Ambassador Program is open, with applications from our Animal Law LLM alumni due by August 1st!

Animal Law Summer Program Registration Is Open and Scholarships Available

The Center for Animal Law Studies has a fantastic roster of online animal law summer school courses and scholarship opportunities!
Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan (Andigena hypoglauca) in Ecuador

Learning from Lacey: Structural Legal Collaboration Under the Proposed UNTOC Wildlife Crime Protocol

The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) is key to the global fight against the organized criminal networks trafficking in wildlife. In this blog, Senior Staff Attorney Nicholas Fromherz and Clinical Professor and Director Erica Lyman of our Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment argue why it is high time for the Lacey Act to go global to protect wild animals and how an NGO supported draft UNTOC Wildlife Crime Protocol points the way.

The Center for Animal Law Studies Announces the Law Scholars for Change Program

The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School is excited to announce the launch of the Law Scholars for Change program, including a scholarship opportunity for this summer.

Second Annual World Aquatic Animal Day Proves a Whale of a Time

In this blog by law student, Mary Hofmann, she provides an overview of this year’s World Aquatic Animal Day, an annual event launched and hosted by the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative and the Animal Law Clinic.

This Earth Day, Think Outside the Box

Connect the dots between industrial animal agriculture, climate change, and environmental injustice.

The Center for Animal Law Studies to Offer World’s First Online Animal Law LLM

The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School is proud to announce the launch of its online Animal Law LLM!

First Online Animal Law LLM Now Offered

The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School launches the only online Animal Law LLM program.

Making Waves: Changing the Status Quo for Aquatic Animals

In this blog, Clinical Professor Kathy Hessler, Director of our Aquatic Animal Law Initiative (AALI) and Animal Law Clinic, and Amy P. Wilson, AALI Fellow, dive into some of the work we are doing to change the status quo for aquatic animals, and how anyone can help protect aquatic animals—even from home!

Take a Summer Course at Lewis & Clark Law - From your Home

Lewis & Clark Law School is offering summer courses via distance learning for 2021!
Brown or Common woolly monkey, Lagothrix lagotricha, on branch, Brazil.

Re-thinking the Rights of Nature to Encompass New Protections for Wild Animals

Every now and then, a concept emerges with the power to alter orthodoxies. In the legal world, one such concept is the “rights of nature,” an idea that can—and should—encompass new protections for wild animals.
Law student Ellie Nicoletta ?21.

Law Student Ellie Nicoletta Argues in Federal Court

Ellie Nicoletta ’21 argued in front of the federal district court on March 17, 2021, opposing the USDA’s motion to dismiss a case regarding the deregulation of pig slaughterhouses.

Animal Law Litigation Clinic Student Brittany Rowe Speaks Up for Downed Pigs

Law student Brittany Rowe came to Lewis & Clark Law School because of the world-renowned Animal Law Program at the Center for Animal Law Studies. That decision paid dividends when Brittany recently had a rare opportunity: arguing in federal court in cutting-edge litigation aimed at protecting farmed animals.
Civet, Botswana, Africa.

American Bar Association Calls for the Negotiation of an International Animal Welfare Treaty

The ABA adopted a resolution calling for the U.S. Department of State to lead the negotiation of an international convention for the protection of animals to protect public health, the environment, and animal well-being. Professor Raj Reddy co-authored the resolution.

America’s Big Cat Problem and How You Can Help

There are more tigers locked away in American basements, backyards, and bathrooms than there are left in the wild worldwide. In this blog, Clinical Professors Delcianna Winders and Erica Lyman provide an overview of America’s big cat problem, why it’s detrimental to the animals, and how you can be part of the solution rather than contributing to the problem.

Megan Senatori Becomes the Associate Director at the Center for Animal Law Studies

The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School is excited to announce that Megan Senatori has stepped into the role of Associate Director.

The Center for Animal Law Studies Announces 2021-2022 CALS Ambassadors

This fall, the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) launched the Global Ambassador Program (GAP), a new initiative to further empower and support our talented Animal Law LLM alumni. We’re excited to announce our 2021-2022 CALS Ambassadors and their projects to pioneer animal law education through advocacy and outreach in their home countries and beyond.
Animal Law Litigation Students with Professor Joyce Tischler and Clinical Professor Delcianna Winders

Victory Achieved in Preventing the USDA from Worsening Slaughterhouse Conditions for Chickens, with the Help of the Animal Law Litigation Clinic

The Biden Administration recently withdrew a proposed rule that would have increased chicken slaughter line speeds after hearing from some unique experts: the Animal Law Litigation Clinic (ALLC) and its student advocates. In this blog, our Animal Law LLM Candidate, Jessica Chapman, explains how the ALLC achieved this victory.

Tipping the Scales: How Law and Policy Fail Aquatic Animals

In this blog, Clinical Professor Kathy Hessler and Fellow, Amy P. Wilson, of our Aquatic Animal Law Initiative address some of the ways regulatory regimes fail aquatic animals, and do not provide them with the protection they deserve.
Kathryn Schultz

The Center for Animal Law Studies Expands Its Team Fighting for Farmed Animals

The Center for Animal Law Studies welcomes Kathryn (Kate) Schultz as its first staff attorney for the Animal Law Litigation Clinic.
Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart Steps into New Role as Assistant Dean of the Animal Law Program

Pamela Hart became the new Assistant Dean of the Animal Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School on January 1, and will continue to serve as Executive Director for the Center for Animal Law Studies.
Asian elephants in the wild on the island of Sri Lanka.

Center for Animal Law Studies Grads Boost Focus on Animal Law in Asia

Professor of Practice Joyce Tischler sat down with two of her former students—Animal Law LLM alumni (’20), Lyudmilla Shegay, our first student from Kazakhstan, and Zihao Yu, one of our first students from China—to discuss how they are expanding animal law in Asia. Lu and Zihao have recently founded a nonprofit animal protection organization called Institute of Animal Law of Asia. Enjoy this conversation about how Lu and Zihao will pave the way for animals in Asia!

Take Action for Wild Animals

Across the world, wild animals are at risk due to wildlife trafficking, habitat destruction, deforestation, and other forms of exploitation. Each of us have an important role to play in protecting the lives of wild animals. In honor of Wildlife Conservation Day, we’ve created list of ways to take action for wild animals!

Professor’s Paper on Wolf Protections Cited by the New York Times

Professor Dan Rohlf’s interdisciplinary paper, co-authored with Carlos Carroll, Bridgett VonHoldt, Adrian Treves, & Sarah Hendricks, was cited in the October 29, 2020, New York Times article describing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to remove federal protections for grey wolves under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Joyce Tischler and her new turkey friend, Belle, at Wildwood Farm Sanctuary

A Thanksgiving Reflection: What We Can Learn From Farmed Animals

In this blog, Professor of Practice and Animal Law pioneer, Joyce Tischler, shares stories about a few of the memorable farmed animals she’s met over the years, what they’ve taught her, and why she’s hopeful for the future of farmed animal protection.

The 28th Annual Animal Law Conference—Another Success for the Books!

The 28th Annual Animal Law Conference—Impacts On Animals In A Changing Climate—was held October 23-25th and was a “virtual” triumph!

Working At The Roots: How Animal Advocates Can Become Critical Allies Against Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty

Studies have proven a clear link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. In this blog, Megan Senatori, CALS Director of Strategic Initiatives, explains how animal advocates can play an important role in stopping violence to human and non-human animal victims, by becoming allies in the fight against domestic violence.

Capturing the History of the Animal Rights Movement: An Interview with Kim Stallwood

With the tremendous growth in animal law, protection, and education, it can be easy to forget that this movement is still relatively new. Recently, Professor of Practice Joyce Tischler sat down with Kim Stallwood, animal rights activist, author and independent scholar from Britain, to celebrate the exciting news that the Kim Stallwood Archive of research documenting the history of the animal rights movement is becoming part of the British Library’s permanent holdings this fall. Enjoy this conversation between Joyce and Kim!
The Slow Loris monkey is one of the world?s 25 most endangered primates.

Legislators Have Given Us a Bipartisan Opportunity to Protect Human Health and Wildlife. We Can’t Afford to Let It Pass Us By.

The Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020—a bi-partisan proposal—has taken a significant first step in addressing our dysfunctional relationship with wildlife and nature. In this blog, Erica Lyman, Clinical Professor and Director of our Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment, and Senior Staff Attorney Nick Fromherz, make the case for why this bill is necessary and deserves passage into law.

Dr. Raj Reddy Leads Global Animal Law and Animal Law LLM Degree

Dr. Rajesh K. Reddy is stepping into a new role as the Global Animal Law and Advanced Degree Program Director for the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, after serving as the Animal Law LLM Program Director since 2018.


Making a Difference Through the World’s First and Only Legal Clinic Devoted to Farmed Animal Protection

Annually since 1983, October 2nd is recognized as an international day of observance for farmed animals. At the Center for Animal Law Studies, we’re proud to be at the forefront of farmed animal advocacy every day of the year through our cutting-edge Animal Law Litigation Clinic—the world’s first and only legal clinic devoted to advancing protections for farmed animals. 

Bringing Advocates Together at the 4th Annual Africa Animal Welfare Conference

Earlier this month, professionals and practitioners came together at the 4th Annual Africa Animal Welfare Conference to discuss issues that cut across animal welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation. In this blog, Animal Law LLM (’16) Jim Karani provides an overview of the conference and the presentations by Clinical Professors Erica Lyman and Delcianna Winders.

Global Law Alliance Champions Wild Animals, Wild Spaces at Lewis & Clark Law School

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and the #1 ranked Environmental Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School have created the Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment (Global Law Alliance) as champions for wild animals and wild spaces across the globe. The Global Law Alliance works to protect animals and the environment through the development, implementation, and enforcement of international law.

From Fish to Feed: Our Broken Global Food System

What is the connection between the commercial fishing industry and other forms of industrial animal agriculture? In this blog, Professor Nicholas Fromherz examines the role of Peru’s anchovy industry in propping up destructive and inefficient aquaculture and livestock operations worldwide.

Groundbreaking Litigation Seeks to Extend Formal Personhood Status to India’s Animal Kingdom

Imagine if India’s Supreme Court were to formally declare the country’s entire animal kingdom as legal persons under the law and to require all citizens to stand as their legal guardians to protect them from cruelty and promote their welfare. Litigation pending in India seeks that outcome. In this blog, Professor Rajesh K. Reddy examines this ambitious request and why it holds the promise to effect real change for animals and further set India apart as a world leader in animal law.

Swimming Against the Current: Advocating for Aquatic Animals

Despite widely held beliefs that fish and other aquatic animals do not feel pain, are unintelligent or not sentient, this is simply not the case. Aquatic animals have historically received less consideration and attention than other animals. However, the tide is slowly turning. In this blog, Professor Kathy Hessler and Fellow, Amy P. Wilson, of our Aquatic Animal Law Initiative, share their insights as to why aquatic animals are wrongly disregarded.

Create A More Compassionate World for Animals: The Animal Law Legacy Program

The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School has launched the Animal Law Legacy Program—an opportunity for charitable giving designed to sustain the future of our work educating the next generation of lawyers to advance animal protection across the globe.

It’s World Elephant Day: Help Keep Elephants in the Wild

Today is World Elephant Day, a day to celebrate these majestic animals who have close family bonds, complex emotional lives, and high levels of intelligence and empathy. In this blog, Professors Joyce Tischler and Erica Lyman address how each one of us can stop the suffering of elephants by keeping them in the wild with their families, where they belong.
Pangolins are the world?s most trafficked mammal.

Leveraging U.S. Law for the International Protection of Pangolins

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world. In this blog, Professors Erica Lyman and Nick Fromherz explain why they took action earlier today to protect pangolins through the filing of a petition under the Pelly Amendment in response to the conservation crisis facing pangolins.
Congressman John Lewis, giving the commencement address at Lewis & Clark Law School in 2008.

Good Trouble: Building a Bigger Tent at the Crossroads of Oppression

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of the great civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis. In his 2008 commencement address, he urged Lewis & Clark Law Students to “go out and get into trouble … defending the rights of all humankind”. In this blog, we consider how animal protection advocates can expand our circle of compassion to address oppression, in all its forms—because oppression never exists in a vacuum.

Why We Need a Federal Animal Protection Agency

After years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was recently required by Congress to restore access to Animal Welfare Act information that it abruptly deleted from its website in early February 2017. In this blog, Professor Delcianna Winders recounts how the information was finally restored, the troubling picture the restored information paints, and why she’s convinced we need a federal Animal Protection Agency. 
A great white shark swimming in the ocean.

It’s Shark Awareness Day: These Often Forgotten Animals Are Given the Spotlight

July 14 is Shark Awareness Day. Here at the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School, we’re honoring the occasion by celebrating this fascinating and important group of animals and sharing how we focus—every day—on protecting the interests of sharks and other aquatic animals. In this blog, Animal Law LLM candidate, Bianka Atlas, shares the importance of sharks, the threats they face, and how we can make a difference.

Kaavan Wins Freedom: An Unprecedented and Progressive Step For Animals

For 30 years, Kaavan—an elephant gifted from the Sri Lankan government to Pakistan in 1985—has been languishing in chains at the Marghzar Zoo. In an unprecedented and progressive step for animal welfare, a High Court in Pakistan has ruled that treating animals cruelly amounts to an infringement of life guaranteed by the Pakistan Constitution and has ordered Kaavan released to a sanctuary. Hira Jaleel, Animal Law LLM (’20), summarizes this groundbreaking decision from her home country of Pakistan.
The U.S. imports over 2,000 tons of live frogs annually.

Why We Must Slam the Brakes on the Wildlife Trade

In this blog piece, Professors Erica Lyman and Nick Fromherz address why the Global North must slam the brakes on the wildlife trade—because human health, wildlife conservation, and international justice demand import moratoria.

Animal Law LLM class of 2020

What Is Animal Law? Animal Law LLM Thesis Work Showcases Broad Diversity of the Field

The thesis work of our graduating Animal Law LLM Class of 2020 perfectly captures the broad diversity of animal law and demonstrates the many ways that our graduates plan to use their specialized knowledge to improve animal protection in the U.S. and abroad. Please join us in congratulating our graduates on their exceptional thesis work!
Animal Law LLM Candidate, Gladys Kamasanyu

Professor Russ Mead Mentors Ugandan LLM Candidate Gladys Kamsanyu Through Creation of Animal Protection Nonprofit

During her time studying at CALS, Animal Law LLM Candidate Gladys Kamasanyu started a nonprofit organization—Help African Animals—to work in her home country of Uganda. Professor Russ Mead, our Shared Earth Foundation Visiting Professor, mentored her throughout the process. In this interview, Professor Mead and Gladys share how their work together inspired this nonprofit and how it will advance animal protection in Uganda. 
Pigs too sick or injured to walk should not be slaughtered.

Accountability Matters: The USDA’s 18-Year Failure to Regulate Sick and Injured Pigs Must End

Eighteen years ago today—on May 13, 2002—President George W. Bush signed into law a mandate that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigate and report to Congress on the issue of downed livestock, and, based on that report, regulate those animals as needed. The USDA has failed to do so. It must be held accountable. 
Elephant mother and calf

A Mother’s Love Endures Through All

At the Center for Animal Law Studies, we celebrated Mother’s Day by creating a special video honoring motherhood, with guest appearances by our faculty and staff. We are working to protect animal mothers because all too often our laws fail to protect them.

Professor Writes Oped on Slaughterhouse Kill Rates During COVID

Delcianna Winders, Director of the Animal Law Litigation Clinic, published an op-ed in New York Daily News on April 28, 2020, regarding the Trump administration’s use of the coronavirus as an excuse to loosen meat-processing rules.
Professor Pamela Frasch

Endowed Scholar Announced for Animal Law and Policy

Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that Professor Pamela Frasch, Associate Dean and founder of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS), has been named as a Brooks McCormick Jr. Scholar of Animal Law and Policy.

Animal Law LLM Candidate, Diego Plaza Casanova, Starts Chilean Animal Protection Nonprofit

During his time studying at CALS, Animal Law LLM Candidate, Diego Plaza Casanova, started a nonprofit organization - Center for Chilean Animal Law Studies or “CEDA Chile” (which stands for “Centro de Estudios de Derecho Animal” in Spanish). We asked Diego to tell us about his new organization and how he plans to use his Animal Law LLM to help advance the legal interests of animals in Chile.

Inspector Files Sworn Statement in Support of Legal Challenge to Pig Slaughter Deregulation

A New Trump administration rule that largely deregulates pig slaughter operations will increase fecal contamination; diseased pigs being allowed for human consumption; toenails, hair and abscesses allowed into meat; and animal mistreatment, according to a new sworn statement by a federal slaughterhouse inspector.
A seal, one of the many aquatic animals celebrated on World Aquatic Animal Day.

First World Aquatic Animal Day A Success!

In this blog, students in the Animal Law Clinic report on the successful launch of the first annual World Aquatic Animal Day, held on April 3, 2020.

World Aquatic Animal Day April 3

The virtual event, World Aquatic Animal Day, Friday, April 3, 2020, is designed to raise global awareness for aquatic animals as an often overlooked species.
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International Wildlife Law Clinic for Animal Law LLM

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and the Environmental Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School launches an International Wildlife Law Clinic for Animal Law LLM students, led by wildlife law expert and scholar, Professor Erica Lyman. The Clinic will open in Fall 2020.

The Center for Animal Law Studies Launches New International Wildlife Law Clinic

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and the Environmental Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School are pleased to announce a new International Wildlife Law Clinic.
A baby pangolin. Pangolins are reported to be the world?s most trafficked mammal.

Now Is the Time to Revolutionize Our Relationship with Wildlife

Professor Erica Lyman examines why the coronavirus global pandemic should compel us to re-examine, and revolutionize, our relationship with wildlife.
Hira Jaleel and Irene Au-Young with Animal Law Litigation Clinic Director Delci Winders as they p...

Clinic Files Lawsuit Against USDA over Slaughter of Sick, Injured Pigs

ALLC, represnting animal protection groups, sue the USDA for failing to protect pigs who are too sick or injured to walk at slaughterhouses, posing serious risks to animals and food safety.
Dr. Tarja Koskela, Visiting International Animal Law Ambassador

Dr. Tarja Koskela Joins CALS As Visiting International Animal Law Ambassador

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that Tarja Koskela, a university lecturer and researcher at the University of Eastern Finland, has joined CALS as a Visiting International Animal Law Ambassador for the month of February.

Anonymous Donor Funds Animal Law Professor of Practice Position

Thanks to the far-sighted generosity of an anonymous donor, the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School (CALS) is pleased to announce that it has a commitment of $440,000 to fund our full-time Animal Law Professor of Practice position for four years.

A mother and baby kangaroo hug one another.

My Country is On Fire: An Insider’s Perspective on Helping Australia’s Most Vulnerable Victims

The devastation caused by the Australian bushfires is staggering. Tess Vickery, Animal Law LLM (’19), provides an insider’s perspective on the fires in her home country and how we can come together to help those most vulnerable.
Professor Rajesh K. Reddy, Director of Animal Law LLM Program

Meet Professor Rajesh Reddy, Director of the Animal Law LLM Program

The Center for Animal Law Studies offers the world’s first and only advanced legal degree in animal law. We sat down with Professor Rajesh Reddy, Director of the Animal Law LLM Program, to learn about the Program and how we’re advancing animal protection beyond the classroom.
Clinic student Cristina Kladis with Clinic professor Delcianna Winders

Animal Law Litigation Clinic Files Lawsuit Against USDA

ALLC represents seven animal protection and conservation groups as they sue the USDA for gutting pig slaughterhouse oversight

Professor Kathy Hessler Receives National Animal Law Award

Animal Law Clinic Director and Animal Law Professor, Kathy Hessler, received the Association of American Law School’s (AALS) Excellence in Animal Law: Scholarship, Teaching, and Service Award for 2020. 

CALS Welcomes Megan Senatori as Director of Strategic Initiatives

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis and Clark Law School welcomes Megan Senatori as the new Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Animal Law Conference will Host 400 Attendees This Weekend

Over 400 attorneys, law students, leaders of nonprofits and animal protection advocates will meet for the 27th Annual Animal Law Conference, co-sponsored by the Center for Animal Law Studies at  Lewis & Clark Law School, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Lewis & Clark ALDF Student Chapter, October 25-27, 2019, at Pure Space in downtown Portland.
Professor David Bilchitz, professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law at the Universit...

CALS’ LLM Alumni Come Together To Make The 2019 Cape Town Animal Conference A Resounding Success

This was the second year that the Conference was held, and is about animals broadly- combining presentations from academics, practitioners, NGOs, activists, and other specialists.
Jim Karani (r) and Zimbabwean environmental lawyer, Lenin Chisaira.

CALS Alum, Jim Karani Riungu (‘16) Featured Expert On Elephants In Captivity

Elephant specialists from Kenya, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe gathered in South Africa at a conference to discuss a framework and policy guidelines relating to elephants in capacity.
Professor Delcianna Winders

Meet Professor Delci Winders

Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of CALS’ Newly Launched Animal Law Litigation Clinic!

Advocating for Lolita 

Many advocates have worked on Lolita’s behalf since she was stolen from her family as a baby off the coast of Washington forty-nine years ago this week…
Amy P. Wilson

CALS Welcomes Aquatic Animal Law Initiative Fellow, Amy P. Wilson

The Center for Animal Law Studies is very pleased to announce that on August 1, 2019, Amy P. Wilson joined CALS as its second Aquatic Animal Law Initiative Fellow.

Animal Law Is Making its Way Into China

A blog post by Joyce Tischler, CALS Animal Law Professor of Practice
Alice Di Concetto (LL.M. '16)

What Lawyers Can Do for Animals

A CALS’ LL.M. Alumna Makes The Case in Glasgow, Scotland.

Center for Animal Law Studies Sponsors 3rd Animal Law Training in Zimbabwe Focused on Prosecutors

The third training organized by the Zimbabwean nonprofit, Speak Out for Animals (SOFA), was held in Harare, Zimbabwe earlier this month.

Pamela Hart Steps into New Role as Executive Director of CALS

Pamela Hart became the new Executive Director of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School on June 1, after serving as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the past year.

Nordic Animal Law Scholars Meet for the First Time

A blog post by Joyce Tischler, CALS Animal Law Professor of Practice
Joyce Tischler

Joyce Tischler to Join Animal Law Faculty

Animal law pioneer and founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Joyce Tischler, will join the faculty of Lewis & Clark Law School as a Professor of Practice.

Animal Law Litigation Clinic to Focus on Farmed Animals

The Animal Law Litigation Clinic, (ALLC) focuses on farmed animals. The clinic is the first and only clinic in the U.S. focused specifically on animal law litigation and on farmed animals. Lewis & Clark Law School is the only law school to host two animal law clinics.
Professor Delcianna Winders

Clinical Professor in Animal Law

Delcianna Winders, noted animal law attorney, scholar, and professor, joins the Lewis & Clark Law School Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and leads the new Animal Law Litigation Clinic (opening fall 2019).

CALS and Åbo Akademi University Partnering to Provide First-Ever Animal Law Training

Center for Animal Law Studies and Åbo Akademi University are working together to host a four-day intensive training conference that explores animal law in teaching, scholarship and advocacy

CALS Honors Joyce Tischler with Animal Law Achievement Award

The Center for Animal Law Studies is pleased to announce Joyce Tischler, founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and adjunct law faculty at CALS, as the Animal Law Achievement Award recipient.
Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. A. Breeze Harper will be Keynote speaker at ALR Symposium!

Join the Animal Law Review for their 8th annual Symposium this Friday, March 15th.

Lewis & Clark Law School hosts Animal Law Week, March 11 - 15

Lewis & Clark Law School students and CALS will be hosting events all week to highlight animal law!
Moe Honjo '14Doctoral Candidate, Graduate School of LawHitotsubashi University, Japan(Comparative...

Alumni in Action: Moe Honjo

Animal Law LLM alum Moe Honjo ’14 says her LLM has helped her become an expert in her field and an influencer of young people in Japan.

AALI signs Docket to the FDA and USDA

AALI signs on to ALDF’s comments to the FDA and USDA relating to new regulation of meat and fish alternatives.
Jim Karani Riungi LLM '16

Alumni in Action: Jim Karani Riungu

Animal Law LLM alum Jim Karani Riungu ’16 received our International Advocates Animal Law LL.M. Scholarship. See what he is doing now!
China University of Law and Political Science

International Animal Law Program Visits China

The Center for Animal Law Studies presented to law students and faculty at China University of Geosciences and China University of Law and Political Science.
Wildwood Farm Sanctuary

Animal Law Clinic Assists Farm Animal Sanctuary

The Animal Law Clinic is representing a local animal sanctuary, and using that experience to develop a legal tool kit for animal sanctuaries around the world.
Ever Vimbai Chinoda LLM '17

Alumni in Action: Ever Vimbai Chinoda

Animal Law LLM alum Ever Vimbai Chinoda ’17 received our International Advocates Animal Law LL.M. Scholarship and has since started her own non-profit in Zimbabwe!

CALS presents: “Eating Animals” - a Movie Screening

Join the Center for Animal Law Studies on November 2 for a movie screening of Eating Animals, followed by a Q&A with Director Christopher Quinn.

A Successful Animal Law Conference

A large group of CALS faculty, staff, and students has recently returned from the 26th Annual Animal Law Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Animal Law Convention, Nairobi, Kenya, 2018

The Center for Animal Law Studies Sponsors First Animal Law Convention in Africa

“People, Animals and the Planet: One Health, One Welfare” featured experts and participants from various fields such as animal welfare, conservation, law enforcement, environmental policy, as well as the non-profit sector, academics, and representatives from development organizations.

CALS honors Congressman Earl Blumenauer with Animal Law Achievement Award

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) announced Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) as the inaugural Animal Law Achievement Award Recipient. The award recognizes achievements in the field of animal law, including the creation, enforcement and skillful litigation of animal protection laws. Congressman Blumenauer is an alum of both Lewis & Clark College and Lewis & Clark Law School and a national leader in food policy.

Welcome First Year Law Students!

On behalf of the Center for Animal Law, we’d like to welcome you to Lewis & Clark Law School, home of trailblazing “firsts” in animal law.
Becky Jenkins (AALI fellow), Kathy Hessler (Animal Law Clinic Director & Professor), Raj Redd...

Animal Law Goes to Oxford

The annual Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics’ Summer School focussed on the subject “Animal Ethics and Law: Creating Positive Change for Animals”and featured presentations made by clinical, visiting, and adjunct professors, as well as former and current LL.M. students.

Zimbabwean Animal Law Alum and Incoming LLM Use Legal System to Protect Rhinos

A recent LLM graduate and an incoming LLM student from the Lewis & Clark Center for Animal Law Studies were instrumental in the successful prosecution of four poachers from a December 2017 incident involving Moga, a protected rhino.

CALS Welcomes Pamela Hart as Director of Strategic Initiatives

Lewis & Clark Law School Center for Animal Law Studies welcomed Pamela Hart as Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Global Youth Diversity Network Recognizes Animal Law LL.M. Alum

The Global Youth Diversity Network recognizes Lewis & Clark Law School graduate, Ever Vimbai Chinoda (’17) for her work on behalf of animals using the legal system.
Animal rights pioneer Helen Jones

Center For Animal Law Studies Announces New LLM Scholarship

The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School is proud to announce the International Society for Animal Rights/Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship in partnership with the International Society for Animal Rights.

Animal Law in Africa

Dean Pamela Frasch and CALS International Director Natasha Dolezal return from a week of presenting and listening in Kenya & Rwanda.

Professor Hessler featured in Willamette Week

Our very own Professor Kathy Hessler is featured in the Willamette Week. Read about some of the things we’re working on at the Center for Animal Law Studies.

Professor Hessler’s article makes SSRN top-10 lists!

Congratulations to CALS Professor Kathy Hessler, whose Introduction in the most recent issue of Animal Law was named by the SSRN as one of its top-ten most popular downloads in the past 12 months in each of the areas of: Human-Animal Studies, Animal Law eJournal, and Other Political Anthropology!
AALI Fellow Rebecca Jenkins

SALDF Proudly Hosts Rebecca Jenkins

The LC SALDF chapter had the honor of hosting the Center for Animal Law Studies’ first Aquatic Animal Law Initiative Fellow, Rebecca Jenkins, at the first event of spring semester.

L - R: Ever Vimbai Chinoda ('17), Allan Sitati, Rodah Ogoma, Jim Karani ('16), Winnie Onkoba

International Animal Law LLMs at 2017 Animal Law Conference

This year’s 25th Animal Law Conference highlights the Animal Law LL.M. program with presentations by Ever Vimbai Chinoda (’17) and Alice DiConcetto (’16).
L-R: Camila Cossio, Amy Wilson, Natasha Dolezal, Christina Kraemer, Allan Sitati, Winnie Onkoba, ...

Animal Law LLMs at 2017 Animal Law Conference

The 25th Animal Law Conference welcomed it’s largest participation ever of current LL.M.s and recent alumni.

Fall 2017 SALDF Potluck

On Saturday, October 21, the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at Lewis and Clark Law School held its annual Fall Potluck!

Elizabeth Baker, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Speaks to LC SALDF Chapter

Elizabeth Baker, Esq. spoke to our SALDF chapter about her work with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
African Elephant in Masai Mara at Kenya.

Animal Law Takes Center Stage at National Conference

Lewis & Clark’s Center for Animal Law Studies co-hosts the 25th Animal Law Conference Oct 13 - 15, a premier national gathering for this emerging field.

Animal Law 23.2 Release!

Animal Law Review is pleased to announce the release of Animal Law Volume 23.2, the journal’s largest-ever single Issue!
Raj Reddy, Visiting Professor

CALS Welcomes Russ Mead and Raj Reddy!

The Center for Animal Law Studies is pleased to announce the hire of Russ Mead, Shared Earth Foundation Visiting Professor, and Raj Reddy, Visiting Professor.

Adjunct Professor Joyce Tischler: Animal Lawyer

Follow Joyce Tischler through three days of her life as an Animal Rights Lawyer
Laura Hagen '13,  Deputy Director of Advocacy, MSPCA

Alum & Congressman Speak Out for Animals

Improving Government Transparency and Protecting Animals:
A Briefing on Why the USDA Must Restore Its Animal Welfare Database

CALS featured in Animal Voice South Africa

Dean Pamela Frasch and Director Natasha Dolezal speak at South Africa’s Animal and the Law: Towards a More Humane Future seminar.
Rebecca Jenkins speaks on the labor practices of the fishing industries.

AALI made waves at Harvard’s Annual Just Food? forum

Professor Kathy Hessler and AALI fellow Rebecca Jenkins speak at Harvard about labor issues in the U.S. and international fishing industries.

Animal Law alum & Visiting Scholar to speak at Harvard workshop

Animal Law alum Moe Honjo ’14 and Visiting International Research Scholar Charlotte Blattner will be speaking at Harvard’s Animal Agriculture from the Middle East to Asia on May 11 - 12, 2017.

Rebecca Jenkins joins the Center for Animal Law Studies

The Animal Law Clinic, and the Center for Animal Law Studies, are pleased to announce Rebecca Jenkins as the first Aquatic Animal Law Initiative Fellow.

The Washington Post interviews Professor Hessler on Alaska’s groundbreaking new law

‘[this] makes Alaska the first state in the country to require courts to take “into consideration the well-being of the animal” and to explicitly empower judges to assign joint custody of pets.’

A Message of Support For Our International Community

Interim President David Ellis, on behalf of the Lewis & Clark community, has issued a statement in response to President Trump’s travel-ban executive order. A community gathering of support will be held on Tuesday, January 31. For more information, click through to the story.

Lewis & Clark Law School is Recognized for its Animal Law Program

University of Limoges launches a degree in animal law, and recognizes L&C for its pioneering program.

L&C SALDF win 2016 Chapter of the Year

Congratulations to our L&C SALDF chapter who won ALDF’s 2016 SALDF Chapter of the Year!
Jonathan Morris '17

Jonathan Morris ’17 wins national SALDF essay contest

Third-year student Jonathan Morris is the first-ever winner of the SALDF essay contest.
Professor Dan Rohlf

Bloomberg Law talks with Professor Dan Rohlf about climate change and threatened animals

Professor Dan Rohlf discusses a recent appeals court decision which allows animals to be considered “threatened” based on climate change models. He speaks with Bloomberg Law hosts June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.”

Dr. Charlotte Blattner, Animal Law Visiting International Scholar

The Center for Animal Law Studies and Lewis & Clark Law School are pleased to announce that they will host Dr. Charlotte Blattner as the Animal Law Visiting International Scholar for the 2016-17 academic year.
Dean Pamela Frasch welcomes guests to the 24th annual Animal Law Conference.

Live from New York!

24th annual Animal Law Conference

Wayne Pacelle Speaks to a Packed House

Our Lewis and Clark Law community had the opportunity to hear from Mr. Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), when he spoke to a packed house of students, faculty, and members of the general public.

Rajesh Reddy and Rebecca Jenkins

Rebecca Jenkins and Rajesh Reddy selected to present at Oxford this summer!

Lewis & Clark animal law students Rebecca Jenkins and Rajesh Reddy have had their work selected to be presented at the third annual Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics summer program.

Steven Wise coming to the Center for Animal Law Studies

Come July, when the documentary Unlocking the Cage, by Pennebaker Hegedus Films, premieres on HBO, there may not be a more famous animal rights lawyer than Steven Wise, J.D.

Animal Law Alum Wins First Prize for Research Presentation

Animal Law LLM Moe Honjo wins first prize at the 2016 European Union Studies Centres in Asia-Pacific Graduate Students Research Workshop.
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Center for Animal Law Studies receives international award

CALS is the first recipient of the TIR Animal Law Award

The 13th Successful National Animal Law Competitions!

The Center for Animal Law Studies was pleased to present the 13th annual National Animal Law Competitions this month, hosted at Harvard Law School.

“I believe the key to saving some of these species is an educated citizenry.” Jim Riungu, LLM Candidate

Animal Law LLM ’16 candidate speaks about the Oregon ballot measure, Save Endangered Animals Oregon.

Pamela Frasch Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

The Animal Law Section of the AALS awarded Pamela D. Frasch the inaugural AALS Animal Law Section Award for Excellence in Animal Law: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service.

National Animal Law Competitions 2016!

Registration is open for the 13th annual National Animal Law Competitions. Register today before it sells out!

The Animal Law Conference 2015 was a resounding success!

The Animal Law Conference was a resounding success!

Prominent Kenyan Attorney Awarded Animal Law LL.M. Scholarship

Prominent Kenyan Attorney Awarded the First Animal Lawyers Without Borders Animal Law LL.M. Scholarship

Animal Law LL.M. Aurora Paulsen selected as first ALDF LL.M. Scholar

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) are pleased to announce that Aurora Paulsen has been selected to receive the first-ever ALDF LL.M. Scholar Award.

Animal Law Symposium Calls Attention to Big Problems with Big-Ag

The Animal Law Review’s 4th Annual Animal Law Symposium a Resounding Success.

Animal Law Goes Online!

Join us this summer for our premier distance learning class, The Law of Humane Science.
Photography by: ©Michael B. Lloyd

Animals Are Persons Too

Our summer adjunct, Steven Wise, is featured in this NYT short documentary on the legal wall that separates animals from humans.
Image from the Standard Examiner Article

Samantha MacBeth, 2L, Fights for Animalty Cruelty Laws

When she was a small child, Samantha MacBeth’s parents instilled in her a love for animals and compassion toward all living creatures.

Unique Scholarship Opportunity for Animal Law LL.M. Degree in Portland!

TIR European Scholar LL.M. Award: Unique Scholarship Opportunity for Animal Law LL.M. Degree in Portland!
Sarah Butler and David Rosengard at the 2015 National Animal Law Competitions

Lewis & Clark Law Students Shine at the 14th Annual National Animal Law Competitions

Lewis & Clark is proud to recognize the achievements of Sarah Butler, Cooper Warner, David Rosengard, Cameron Jimmo, YoungWoo Joh, Brian Buske, and Michael Cowgill, its participants at the 2015 National Animal Law Competition (NALC) at Harvard Law School.

ALDF LL.M. Scholar Award

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) are pleased to announce the ALDF LL.M. Scholar Award. The award provides tuition assistance toward the Animal Law LL.M. degree at Lewis & Clark Law School

Animal Law Review 4th Annual Symposium

Old MacDonald’s Not-So-Little Farm: Navigating the Legal Landscape of Contemporary Animal Agriculture

Three Programs, One Conference - Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum

Lewis & Clark Law School will host its first Food Law conference on Friday, March 13, 2015. This conference is an opportunity to integrate the Animal Law, Business Law and Environmental Law programs.  Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum, will offer students, faculty and regional food businesses a chance to experience the exciting intersection of food and law.  We will explore issues ranging from labeling and transparency to sustainability, urban agriculture, and food justice.

Prof. Hessler comments in The Guardian on legal efforts to establish legal personhood for chimpanzees

Prof. Hessler comments in The Guardian on legal efforts to establish legal personhood for chimpanzees.

The National Jurist lists the Animal Law Clinic as a top innovative clinic

“In an effort to identify the most innovative clinics, The National Jurist magazine invited law schools to nominate clinics unique in subject matter, structure or community served.  We received nominations from 76 law schools and narrowed the list down to 15.”

ALC makes preLaw Magazine’s “Most Innovative Clinics” List

The Winter issue of preLaw Magazine to honor Lewis & Clark’s Animal Law Clinic as one of the most innovative in the country.

Center for Animal Law Studies Welcomes First Visiting International Scholar Dr. Gieri Bolliger

Dr. Bolliger is an attorney and the executive director of Europe’s only NGO focused on the legal aspects of animal welfare - Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (Foundation for the Animal in the Law - TIR) in Zurich, Switzerland.

22nd Annual Animal Law Conference

Animal Law in a Changing Environment: Finding Common Ground

Oregonian highlights our Kenya Legal Project course

Animal law students and faculty who recently participated in a two-week summer program in Kenya say the experience was eye-opening and underscored the importance of their work.

Combating Animal Cruelty in Kenya

Juli Zagrans, Animal Law LL.M. student, blogs about the Kenya Legal Project’s presentation to veterinary students about the critical role they play in the prosecution of animal cruelty cases.

Animal Law Clinic successfully urges USDA to pull its inspectors

USDA removes inspectors from a Bracken County slaughterhouse for inhumane treatment of animals.

Animal Law LL.M. Christina Kraemer!

Christina Kraemer gives Sun This Week a glimpse into being an Animal Law LL.M.

Kathy Hessler on Warrantless Animal Search Ruling in Oregon

Kathy Hessler, director of the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School, talks to OPB about the Oregon Appeals Court Ruling on Warrantless Searches Of Animals.
© Natasha Dolezal

Why I Followed My Heart and My Name to Kenya for Animals

Animal Law LL.M. Program Director Natasha Dolezal blogs about becoming a lawyer and the Kenya Legal Project.

Animal Law Clinic is highlighted by AWI

Animal Welfare Institute highlighted the work done by the Animal Law Clinic in it’s winter 2014 newsletter.

Propsed Shamu Ban is Making a Splash

Professor Hessler weighs in on proposed legislation that would ban Shamu shows in California in this ThinkProgress article.

Animal Law Graduate LLM Seminar I & II (600 AY & 601 AZ)

Pamela Frasch
2 credits
*Limit: Animal Law LLM students only
*offered every year

2014 International Animal Law Conference

Save the Date: July 11- 12, 2014
Barcelona, Spain

Animal Law LL.M. featured in the Oregonian!

Pet Talk: Lewis & Clark advanced law degree helps attorneys defend laws for paws

Madeline Bernstein honored as CALS Distinguished Visitor

Madeline Bernstein, President & CEO of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA), is honored as the CALS Distinguished Visitor.

2013 National Animal Law Competition Awards Ceremony Live Webcast

Join us for a live webcast of the Awards Ceremony for the 2013 National Animal Law Competition being held here at Lewis & Clark Law School. The stream will go online at 2:40p, on Sunday February 17th. Presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Live Webcast of the NALC Final Round

Join us for a live webcast of the final round of the National Animal Law Appellate Moot Court Competition on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 1:30pm Pacific Time. Presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.