ABA Adopts Comments From Lewis & Clark Faculty
ABA Adopts Professor Rajesh Reddy’s Resolution for International Animal Welfare Treaty
The ABA adopted a resolution calling for the U.S. Department of State to lead the negotiation of an international convention for the protection of animals with the goal of protecting public health, the environment, and animal well-being. Professor Rajesh Reddy ’17 coauthored the resolution and report.
The resolution highlights how the risk of diseases spilling over to humans from animals (zoonotic diseases) is directly related to human mistreatment of animals, including through the wildlife trade and destruction of natural habitats. COVID-19 is one such spillover event, but the list includes other deadly viruses such as AIDS, SARS, Nipah virus, and Ebola.
While this interconnectedness among public health, the environment, and animal welfare is recognized in the One Health concept embraced by the United Nations and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no international treaty through which nations have agreed to minimal standards of animal welfare.
Reddy chairs the International Issues Subcommittee of the Animal Law Committee of the ABA’s Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section and directs Lewis & Clark’s Global Animal Law and Animal Law Advanced Degree Programs at the Center for Animal Law Studies.
Clinical Professor Sarah Lora Drafts Comments for ABA and IRS
The ABA Section of Taxation submitted comments drafted by Clinical Professor Sarah Lora, Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC), to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in February. The comments address recent changes to Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, that make it more difficult for many taxpayers to file income tax returns.
“This is fantastic work,” Douglas K. Newell Professor w said about the comments. “The area in question is a real nightmare for international taxpayers. The ABA Tax Section comments command a great deal of attention at the IRS. So this is making a real difference on behalf of some vulnerable people.”
Lora and her students at LITC witnessed firsthand the difficulties with the current tax language when they helped immigrant taxpayers fill out renewal applications for their ITIN at a workshop hosted with El Programa Hispano Católico.