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Center for Animal Law Studies Welcomes Professor Susan Hankin

January 30, 2013

Lewis & Clark Law School’s Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) welcomes Visiting Animal Law Professor Susan Hankin  Ms. Hankin is  Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, will share her expertise during the Spring 2013 semester. 

As part of its ongoing development of the animal law program at Lewis & Clark, CALS will open the LL.M. degree program in animal law to international students in 2013 and continue the tradition of hosting the most dynamic professors in the field, like Hankin.  Hankin has prior experience teaching Animal Law Advocacy, Animals and the Law, Tort Law, Public Health Law and Legal Writing at University of Maryland and Georgetown University Law Center.   Assistant Dean and CALS Executive Director, Pamela Frasch says, “Professor Hankin brings years of animal law teaching experience to Lewis & Clark.  We are very pleased that our students have the opportunity to work closely with her, and we look forward to an exciting and productive semester.”  While at Lewis & Clark, Hankin will teach the “Advanced Animal Law Seminar” and “Emerging Policy and Politics of Companion Animals” to both JD and LL.M. students.

Hankin’s interests in animal law began in 2002 while working with veterinarians regarding the ethical issues in veterinary clinical decision-making.  Currently, her research focuses on how advances in scientific knowledge (i.e. animal communication and the human-animal bond) will affect the development and reform of law.  Hankin serves on the on the Executive Board of the AALS Section on Animal Law. Her publications include Not a Living Room Sofa: Changing the Legal Status of Companion Animals, 4 Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy 314 (2007);  Making Decisions about our Animals’ Health Care: Does It Matter Whether We Are Owners or Guardians?, 2 Stanford Journal of Animal Law & Policy 1 (2009); and What is the Scope of the Duty to Provide Veterinary Care?, Maryland Bar Journal, Mar. 2010, at 18.

Professor Kathy Hessler echoes Assistant Dean Frasch’s excitement.  Hessler says, “We are thrilled to have Professor Hankin visiting with us and sharing her significant academic and scholarly insights.  The perspectives she brings from her long and successful career are a wonderful addition to our program.  And on a personal note, I am delighted to be working with her again after initially doing some teaching together twenty years ago!”


If you would like to speak with Susan Hankin, Pamela Frasch, or Kathy Hessler please contact Lise Harwin at or at 503-768-7961.


About Lewis & Clark Law School’s Center for Animal Law Studies

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) (, in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, is an animal law think tank and the umbrella organization of the nation’s premier animal law program. They work to ensure that the interests of animals are considered in the legal realm, and provide the best education to the next generation of animal law attorneys. Founded in 2008, the Center for Animal Law Studies is the home for the animal law programs and activities of Lewis & Clark Law School. The Center collaborates with the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund to educate and support law students and legal professionals in the rapidly developing field of animal law through classes, conferences, scholarships, and clinical opportunities. 


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