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CALS Welcomes Russ Mead and Raj Reddy!

July 19, 2017

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    Russ Mead, Shared Earth Foundation Visiting Professor
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    Raj Reddy, Visiting Professor

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) is very pleased to announce two new visiting professors have joined our program.

Russ Mead has taught animal law courses for several years at Lewis & Clark, and in 2016 was named The Shared Earth Foundation Visiting Professor. Previously, Russ served as General Counsel for Best Friends Animal Society and as General Counsel and Interim Executive Director for Farm Sanctuary.

As an attorney activist, Russ has implemented and managed large-scale animal rescues, including during Hurricane Katrina, as well as complex hoarding cases involving hundreds of animals.

In private practice he has represented animal nonprofits in tax matters, intellectual property disputes, employment issues, fundraising compliance, and nonprofit formation. In his personal time, Russ continues to raise awareness of animals by attempting to capture their spirit in ink wash paintings, some of which you can see in our CALS suite.

Russ holds both JD and MBA degrees, and is a licensed CPA. He is a frequent lecturer at law schools, bar associations, and animal law conferences, and authored the textbook “Nonprofit Animal Law.”

Rajesh Reddy earned his J.D. from Lewis & Clark and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, where his dissertation scrutinized the relationship between human and nonhuman animal rights in postcolonial literature and politics.

Raj has long been committed to both the scholarly and practical aspects of advancing human and nonhuman protections and has pursued those interests as part of his work for nonprofit organizations, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Human Rights Law Network in New Delhi, India. Prior to starting his legal career, Raj served as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University-Bloomington and as a Writer-in-Residence at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Raj currently holds the Diversity Chair position for the International Animal Law Committee Section of the ABA and has previously served as Co-Editor in Chief of the Animal Law Review and Co-Director of Lewis & Clark’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter.

Please join us in welcoming Russ and Raj!