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May 03, 2021

The Center for Animal Law Studies Announces the Law Scholars for Change Program

The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School is excited to announce the launch of the Law Scholars for Change program, including a scholarship opportunity for this summer.

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School is excited to announce the launch of the Law Scholars for Change program.

Generously founded by Charles Anderson and Pamela Gross, the Law Scholars for Change program is committed to cultivating the education, practical experience, scholarship, and life work of a select group of promising law school students, post grads, and professionals as they advocate for and advance animal rights and protections. The program facilitates these goals through tuition scholarships, clerkship and fellowship stipends, and the availability of small grants for special projects. By supporting a high level of education and nurturing a community, the Law Scholars for Change program’s ultimate goal is to advance the rights and protections of animals.

Assistant Dean and Executive Director of CALS, Pamela Hart, says “We are so grateful for Pamela and Charles and their belief in our vision for changing the world for animals through education and the law. Together, we are providing opportunities to support passionate legal advocates for animals who will work to improve animal protection around the globe.”

The financial awards are provided to individuals who have demonstrated the passion and commitment to promote the welfare of animals through the law and who strive to advance the status of animals through innovations in awareness and advocacy, policy and regulation, and the use of new and existing laws for change.

For 2021, the newly launched Law Scholars for Change program offers a JD student a full tuition scholarship for the Animal Rights Jurisprudence class at our Animal Law Summer Program, taught by Professor Steven Wise. Professor Wise has led the effort to obtain standing for animals using writs of habeas corpus. One of his current clients is Happy the elephant, involuntarily held in the Bronx zoo. Applicants may visit this link to learn more and to apply. Applications are due by May 15, 2021.

Additionally, Law Scholars for Change will provide a grant of $1,000 to the Lewis & Clark Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter to support work focused on industrial animal agriculture during the 2021-2022 Academic Year. The Chapter will be collaborating with CALS as advisors to facilitate programming and advocacy to protect farmed animals through the grant.

Finally, the Law Scholars for Change will provide for a legal clerkship working on farmed animal protection projects in the Fall of 2021.

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. CALS offers the world’s first and only advanced legal degree in Animal Law, now available both in person or online. In addition, CALS is the only program that offers an advanced legal degree in animal law and three specialty Animal Law Clinics.