Animal Law Legacy Program

Create A More Compassionate World For Animals

Imagine a world where animals are safe and loved. Whether they are dogs, cats, cows, pigs, great apes, elephants, dolphins, or eagles, it’s a world where animals are recognized as sentient beings and their interests are respected in legal systems around the world. It’s a world where animals are not exploited and they live their lives in peace.

At the Center for Animal Law Studies, we imagine this world all the time—and we’re committed to creating it. That’s why our legacy is educating the next generation of advocates to advance animal protection across the globe. Legacy giving is about planning now to create a world we may personally never see, but one that we carefully build for the future. Working together, we can make that world a reality.

The CALS team, together with current students and alumni of the Animal Law LLM Program, at the 20... The CALS team, together with current students and alumni of the Animal Law LLM Program, at the 2019 Animal Law Conference.


Creating A Legacy For Animals

Lewis & Clark Law School Professor Joyce Tischler helped found and build the field of animal law starting in the 1970s, and has been a trailblazer ever since. She is affectionately known as the “Mother of Animal Law.” After spending over 40 years practicing animal law, Joyce joined the Center for Animal Law Studies in 2019 and says that “now, my greatest legacy is teaching students to carry on the work that I started.”

At the Center for Animal Law Studies, we are at the forefront of the fight to ensure that our legal system values animals, by educating and training lawyers to be effective advocates for them. From our broad reaching curriculum to our numerous innovative and one-of-a kind clinics and programs, we are making a difference for animals by creating future leaders who will value them and advocate for their interests.

Joyce’s legacy is to educate and train our smart, talented, and passionate animal advocates so they can create a more compassionate future for animals.

Joyce Tischler


Someone has to stand up for animals.
Because their pain matters
Because their interests matter.
And we have to do t
his precisely because most people choose not to.”

-Professor Joyce Tischler


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In this interview with CALS Executive Director, Pamela Hart, Joyce discusses her legacy and how your legacy can be to help advance animal protection through our Animal Law Legacy Program.

What Is Your Legacy?

You can help us take on the most important challenge of our generation: ensuring that the interests of animals are considered and respected in legal systems around the world. Your legacy can be to amplify the voices of animals, by educating and training attorneys to advocate for them and advance animal protection through the law. Quite simply, your estate or other legacy gift can help change their world.


How Do I Provide A Legacy Gift?

Legacy giving is easy to do. The most common way is through estate planning, such as by providing a bequest to CALS in your will or trust. To provide a gift to CALS in your will—making a gift that costs nothing during your lifetime—include language such as the following:

“I hereby give, devise and bequeath [$ amount] or [% of my estate] to the Center for Animal Law Studies, located at Lewis & Clark Law School, 10101 S. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97219, Tax ID Number: 93-0386858.”

Other ways to give include: beneficiary designations (involving all or part of life insurance, IRA, etc.), gifts from an IRA, gifts from a Donor-Advised Fund, gifts of real estate, cash, tangible assets, or appreciated stocks or bonds.

Retirement-plan benefits are also commonly a significant portion of a person’s net worth. And because of special tax considerations, they could make an excellent choice for funding a charitable gift. Retirement-plan benefits include assets held in individual retirement accounts (IRAs), 401(k) plans, profit-sharing plans, Keogh plans, and 403(b) plans.


Make Plans Today

For more information about including CALS
in your planned giving, please contact us:

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The information above is general in nature. Prospective donors are urged to consult their personal tax and financial advisors concerning the specific consequences of making gifts.