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Center for Animal Law Studies

Rachel O’Flaherty Joins Animal Law Litigation Clinic

October 28, 2019

The Animal Law Litigation Clinic welcomes Rachel O’Flaherty as the new Clinic paralegal. 

Rachel grew up on Kauai and has lived in Portland for the past ten years. Rachel describes her interest in animal welfare as starting in high school after reading the book Fast Food Nation. “Being an animal lover, I was particularly affected by the animal welfare aspect. Throughout college I continued to be interested in and learn about animal welfare and protection issues, especially those of farmed animals. When I was working on my paralegal degree, I learned about the field of animal law, and it became a goal of mine to contribute in some way,” Rachel stated. She obtained her paralegal degree from Portland Community College, a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Portland State University, and has over five years of paralegal experience in litigation, land use, and real estate acquisition.

I am thrilled to have Rachel join the Clinic team, given her passion for advocating for farmed animals and her strong paralegal background. She joins us at the perfect time, just as we’re preparing to file a series of lawsuits. As the Clinic and its docket continues to grow, Rachel will be integral in helping us effectively juggle multiple important projects,” stated Delcianna (Delci) Winders, Assistant Clinical Professor and Clinic Director, Animal Law Litigation Clinic.

Rachel, who is a self-declared cat lady, volunteered with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the House of Dreams Cat Shelter. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her fiance and two cats, Boo and Ella, and practicing yoga. 

“I am very excited to join the Animal Law Litigation Clinic at the Center for Animal Law Studies and to have the opportunity to work with Delci and among all the dedicated and passionate people working to improve the lives of animals,” Rachel stated.