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A Big Week For The Center For Animal Law Studies

February 04, 2018

LC SALDF is lucky to have the support of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS), a center made up of fantastic individuals, many of whom are LC SALDF alumni and faculty advisors.  Learn more about the many accomplishments of CALS (just in the past week)!

In addition to an article in the Willamette Week highlighting animal law developments and CALS expertise, with photographs from 1L Abby Gordon, there is other great news to share!


A few publications came out this week:

Kathy Hessler, Becky Jenkins and Kelly Levenda Cruelty to Human and Non-Human Animals in the Wild Caught Fishing Industry, 18.1 Sustainable Dev. L. & Pol’y 30, (Fall 2017).   Becky is our Aquatic Animal Law Initiative Fellow and Kelly is one of our amazing alums at the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Kathy Hessler, Joyce Tischler, Pamela Hart, and Sonia Waisman, Animal Law - New Perspectives on Teaching Traditional Law, Carolina Academic Press (2017).  The book is available as a hard copy and also digitally by chapter.

(Kathy was also in the “top 10% of Authors on SSRN by total new downloads within the last 12 months” (January 2018).)

Russ Mead, Farm Animal Law,  Russ is CALS’ Shared Earth Foundation Visiting Professor.


Natasha Dolezal (co-presented)

Pamela Frasch (co-presented)

-           Animal Law in The US and Beyond, Strathmore University Law School, Nairobi, Kenya – January 19, 2018

-           Animal Law in the US and Beyond, University of Kigali Law School, Serena Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda – January 22, 2018

-           Animal Law in the US and Opportunities for Capacity Building in Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa Roundtable on Illegal Trade, Trafficking and Prosecution of Wildlife Offences, Serena Hotel Mombasa, Kenya – January 26, 2018

Kathy Hessler

-           Animals in Research: Science, Ethics, Public Policy and the Law, Minding Animals 4, Mexico City, Mexico – January 23, 2018

-           Aquatic Animals and U.S. Law, with Rebecca Jenkins and Camila Cossio (Animal Law LL.M.), Minding Animals 4, Mexico City, Mexico – January 22, 2018

Rebecca Jenkins

-           Global Aquatic Animal Welfare and the Law, Minding Animals 4, Mexico City, Mexico – January 22, 2018

Russ Mead

-          Ethics in the Practice of Animal Law, CBABC Animal Law - Professional Development Joint Conference 2018 (Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association), February 3, 2018 (

Raj Reddy (CALS’ new Interim LL.M. Director)

-           Animal Legal Education, Minding Animals 4, Mexico City, Mexico – January 22, 2018

-           Beef Bans and National Bloodshed: Navigating the Human and Nonhuman Animal Violence of India’s Postcolonial Proxy War, Minding Animals 4, Mexico City, Mexico – January 22, 2018

And the Oxford Summer School 2018 on Animal Ethics and Law has accepted 5 papers for presentation from CALS, including:

Raj Reddy

-           Animals and Art

Rebecca Jenkins

-           Lab Grown Meat: The Final Frontier for Agricultural Animal Law? 

Kathy Hessler

-           Desmond’s Law- The role of animal advocates in court and the work of the Animal Law Clinic to develop a coordinated national approach.

 -          Legal and ethical issues for animal sanctuaries

 -          Animal custody - Alaska and Illinois and Beyond


Pamela Frasch and international program director, Natasha Dolezal, just returned from Kenya and Rwanda. During their time in country, they presented on animal law and legal education to faculty, deans, and law students at Strathmore Law School (Nairobi) with students and faculty from surrounding law schools including Kenyatta, University of Nairobi, Catholic, and Riara University. They also made a similar presentation to the dean and faculty members from the University of Kigali Law School, as well as meeting with prosecutors and Rwanda’s Prosecutor General. They also presented on animal law and education at the two-day “Eastern and Southern Africa Roundtable on Illegal Trade, Trafficking and Prosecution of Wildlife Offences” held in Mombasa, Kenya attended by judges, prosecutors, and law faculty from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique. Also present in Mombasa were other stakeholders from the International Association of Prosecutors (Denmark), Wildlife Justice Commission (The Hague), Wildlife Direct (Kenya), World Wildlife Fund (WWF - Tanzania) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC).  Also presenting at the two events in Kenya was Animal Law LL.M. alum, Jim Karani, director of legal affairs for WildlifeDirect.

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To learn more about the Center For Animal Law Studies, please visit their website.