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Leila Arefi-Pour

  • Arefi-Pour Leila
    Arefi-Pour Leila

LLM Candidate ’19

Leila is a 2009 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. Leila is also a 2018 graduate of Southern University Law Center (SULC), where she received her Juris Doctorate.

During her time in law school, Leila founded SULC’s Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter and served as its president until her graduation this past May. Leila spent her first summer in law school interning with Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), working on their Shark Fin Campaign to end of the horrific practice of shark finning. During her second summer in law school she worked with AWI as a Wildlife Law and Policy Intern, where she conducted extensive legal research related to wildlife issues and drafted various legal documents and petitions, one of which was an international treaty for animal protection. Additionally, Leila served as a law clerk with For All Animals working with their “Attorney at Paw” program during her final year of law school where she worked on wildlife issues. Leila was awarded the Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship by the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 2017 for her contributions to animal law.

Leila has penned various legal articles that have been published online, one of which was an analysis of “dog bite” laws. Notably, Leila’s article: “Veganism: Health, Civil Rights, and Animal Rights Explained” was published in the Spring 2018 edition of SULC’s publication, The Public Defender.

Aside from her work in animal law, Leila served as a student attorney with SULC’s domestic violence clinical education program. In this role, Leila drafted and filed motions and petitions for divorce, custody and restraining orders and appeared in court with her clients.

Leila has been an active volunteer with various organizations such as a domestic violence shelter, a shelter for teen mothers, Boys and Girls Clubs, Hospice, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and various animal shelters. Further, as an undergrad, Leila volunteered as a tutor to teach illiterate adults in her community to read.

Leila came to Lewis & Clark to expand her education and further her understanding of the field of animal law. Upon her graduation, Leila hopes to obtain meaningful employment where she can use her legal education to continue her efforts and dedication to the field of animal law. She also aspires to teach animal law as she feels there is no better way to advocate for animal than to educate the legal community on the horrors that animals are faced with.