Josh is a first year student and is very excited to be a part of Lewis & Clark Law School’s Animal Legal Defense Fund. Originally from Los Angeles, Josh graduated from Humboldt State University in 2014 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. He was first drawn to examine humans’ relationship with animals in 2012 while volunteering with Street Dog Care, an NGO based in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he spent a semester abroad. From that point on Josh angled his academic work in religious studies to focus on the beliefs and assumptions that inform our relationship with our non-human counterparts. This culminated in a thesis that focused on how modern economic systems influence the perspectives through which humans view animals.
He spent four years between college and law school working as a manager in the content creation department of Mekorma Enterprises, a software-development company that specializes in payment processing solutions. During this time, Josh participated in a variety of activist efforts, and he became further dedicated to the cause of advancing the legal status and protection of animals. At the beginning of 2017 Josh decided that attending law school would be the best way to equip himself to advocate for the non-human members of our communities.
In his free time, Josh enjoys reading a wide array of books, writing music, rock climbing, and spending time with his two rescued cats Kodama and Freyja.