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Cycles of Violence: Examining The Relationship Between Human and Nonhuman Animal Oppression and Exploitation 

Friday, March 15, 2019
Lewis & Clark Law School, MCC #3


Animal Law Review invites you to join us at Lewis & Clark Law School’s 8th Annual Animal Law Review Symposium on Friday, March 15, 2019. Every year our Annual Animal Law Symposium reflects the dynamic and groundbreaking nature of the animal law field.

This year’s symposium will examine the intersectional nature of the oppression and exploitation of both human and nonhuman animals, and the ways in which these dualistic systems of oppression interact to exacerbate and perpetuate one another. 

Dr. A. Breeze HarperAnimal Law Review is also excited to host Dr. A. Breeze Harper as a Keynote Address during our luncheon! Dr. Harper is a diversity strategist and analyst with Critical Diversity Solutions and the founder of the Sistah Vegan Project.. Dr. Harper has a PhD in Social Science with emphasis on leveraging diversity challenges for social impact. One of her most popular talks took place at Whidbey Institute in 2016, called Uprooting White Fragility in the Ethical Foodscape. It has inspired dialog and action plans around operationalizing anti-racism and gaining literacy around how systemic racism and anti-Blackness operate in even the most “ethical” and “well-intended” spaces.


Registration and Check-in: 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Introduction and Welcome: 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

  • Welcome Address

Jennifer Johnson, Dean of Lewis & Clark Law School

  • Introduction

Kathy Hessler, Animal Law Clinical Professor / Animal Law Clinic Director at Lewis & Clark Law School

Human-Animal Intersectionality and Rights:
10:15 AM – 11:25 AM

  •  Intersectionality in Human-Animal Studies

Margo DeMello, Program Director for Human-Animal Studies, Animals & Society Institute

  •  Why Human Rights Groups Are Starting to Support Animal Rights, and Why Animal Rights Groups Should Support Human Rights

Jay Shooster, Of Counsel, Richman Law Group

Racism and Colonial Legacies in Animal Law and the Animal Rights Community: 11:25 AM – 12:35 PM

  • Coloring Outside the Lines: Reckoning with Race in the March for Animal Rights

 Raj Reddy, Director of Animal Law LL.M. Program, Lewis & Clark Law School

  • Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Animal Agriculture

Maneesha Deckha, Professor of Law, University of Victoria

Keynote Address and Lunch: 12:35 PM – 1:30 PM

  • Dr. A. Breeze Harper, Diversity Strategist and Analyst at Critical Diversity Solutions, founder of the Sistah Vegan Project

Oppression and Exploitation in Food Systems: 1:30 PM – 2:40 PM

  • Food Justice: How Your Food Choices Can Change the World

lauren Ornelas, Founder and Executive Director, Food Empowerment Project

  • Towards an Interspecies Right to Breastfeed

Mathilde Cohen, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law

Animal Law and Criminal Justice:
2:40 PM – 3:50 PM

  • The Link Between Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty

Diane Balkin, Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

  • Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment

Justin Marceau, Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

3:50 PM – 4:00 PM

Ethics Workshop: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, One Hour of Ethics CLE credit

  • Ethical and Moral Implications

Russ Mead, Lewis & Clark Law School’s Shared Earth Foundation Visiting Professor

RECEPTION: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Pending CLE (information will be updated ASAP).

If ADA accommodations are needed, please contact Caitlin Skurky, Symposium Editor of Animal Law Review, at or at (970) 799-2509.

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