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Animal Law Pioneer Adds Professor of Law to her Titles

March 04, 2020

The faculty at Lewis & Clark Law School welcomed Pamela Frasch, Associate Dean and founder of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS), as a full Professor of Law in February.

“I’m delighted that the faculty voted to promote Pamela Frasch to Professor of Law,” stated John Parry, Associate Dean of Faculty. “She has helped create the field of Animal Law as an area of study in law schools, her scholarship has an international reach and impact, and she has taught and mentored large numbers of students who carry her legacy forward in their own careers.”

Prior to founding CALS at the law school, Professor Frasch served as general counsel for The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). In 1996, she created the ALDF Criminal Justice Program which has since assisted law enforcement and animal advocates in investigating and prosecuting thousands of animal abuse and neglect cases nationwide.

Professor Frasch has taught survey and advanced courses in animal law at Lewis and Clark since 1998. She co-authored the premier American legal casebook in the field, Animal Law: Cases and Materials now in its sixth edition (Carolina Academic Press, 2019) which has been used in over 160 law schools in the United States. Professor Frasch is also co-author, with Professor Kathy Hessler among others, of Animal Law in a Nutshell (Thomson West, 3rd Edition forthcoming, 2020).

Professor Frasch is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on issues of animal law and is the principal author of Oregon’s first felony anti-cruelty law. She has authored or co-authored a number of articles and book chapters in the field, and has been recognized by the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the Oregon Humane Society (OHS) for her contributions.

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