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Animal Law Takes Center Stage at National Conference

October 03, 2017

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Hilton Hotel Downtown Portland

Lewis & Clark’s Center for Animal Law Studies joins with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to host the 25th Animal Law Conference, a premier national gathering for this emerging field.  The event takes place October 13 – 15 in downtown Portland, having outgrown the Law School facility capacity in prior years. 

Animal law is one of the fastest growing areas of the law. It overlaps with many traditional areas such as torts, criminal, wills & trusts, constitutional, and property law. Fundamental questions are asked about the nature of a legal right or interest, how laws create or entrench power imbalances, and how those imbalances impact animals.

No casebook for animal law existed until 2000 when Lewis & Clark associate dean Pamela Frasch co-authored one. Now in its 5th published edition, the casebook is still the predominant source used in law schools today.

The conference celebrates this history and examines the future with topics such as “Can Animals Be Victims of Crime?”,  “Fixing a Fouled –up System (Factory Farmed Animals),” and “the Emergence of Aquatic Animal Law.”

For more information on the conference can be found here.

The animal law program at Lewis & Clark provides the most comprehensive, multi-disciplinary animal law education in the nation, offering an LLM as well as a JD Certificate in Animal Law and a robust practical skills program through its clinic, internships, and externships.

Graduates of the animal law program have gone on to prominent positions, leading animal law advocacy efforts and legislation. 

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