January 15, 2021

The Center for Animal Law Studies Expands Its Team Fighting for Farmed Animals

The Center for Animal Law Studies welcomes Kathryn (Kate) Schultz as its first staff attorney for the Animal Law Litigation Clinic.

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School is home to the world’s first and only legal clinic dedicated to the legal protections and rights of farmed animals—the Animal Law Litigation Clinic (ALLC). Now, CALS will go even further in its mission through the expansion of its dedicated ALLC team.

Kathryn (Kate) Schultz has joined ALLC as its first staff attorney, working with ALLC Director and Clinical Professor Delcianna Winders, paralegal Rachel O’Flaherty, as well as clinic students.

Prior to joining CALS, Kate was an Assistant District Attorney at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office in New York City. There, after serving in the Domestic Violence Bureau, she joined the Office’s Animal Cruelty Prosecutions Unit, where she investigated and prosecuted felony and misdemeanor crimes against animals. In that role, she worked extensively with the Animal Cruelty Investigations Squad of the New York City Police Department and forensic veterinarians from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Kate also previously served as Special Assistant Corporation Counsel within the New York City Law Department’s Torts Division, litigating civil lawsuits on behalf of New York City. She is a 2015 graduate of New York University School of Law, and she graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in May of 2011. Kate is excited to apply this experience to high-impact cases on behalf of animals suffering in the agricultural industry.

Launched in the fall of 2019, the one-of-a-kind ALLC advocates for farmed animals in the courtroom through cutting-edge lawsuits to establish and expand legal protections and legal rights for farmed animals, while also providing future generations of attorneys with the skills to become excellent litigators and leaders who care about farmed animals. CALS’ Executive Director and Assistant Dean of the Animal Law Program, Pamela Hart, says “we are thrilled to be able to advance our mission by adding Kate to our talented team that is utilizing the legal system to expand protections for farmed animals.”


The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) was founded in 2008 with a mission to educate the next generation of animal law attorneys and advance animal protection through the law. With vision and bold risk-taking, CALS has since developed into a world-renowned animal law epicenter, with the most comprehensive animal law curriculum offered anywhere. In addition, CALS is the only program that offers an advanced legal degree in animal law and three specialty Animal Law Clinics. CALS is a fully self-funded nonprofit organization operating under the Lewis & Clark College 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and is only able to provide these educational opportunities through donations and grants.