Delcianna (Delci) Winders is a clinical professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she directs the Animal Law Litigation Clinic (ALLC)—the nation’s only clinic focused exclusively on animal law litigation.
Professor Winders’ animal law and administrative law scholarship has appeared in the Denver Law Review, Florida State Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, NYU Law Review, and Animal Law Review. She has also published extensively in the popular press, including The Hill, National Geographic, Newsweek, New York Daily News, Salon, and U.S.A. Today.
Prior to joining the Lewis & Clark faculty, Winders was vice president and deputy general counsel for the PETA Foundation, the first academic fellow of the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program, and a visiting scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.
Winders received her BA in Legal Studies with highest honors from the University California at Santa Cruz, and her JD from NYU School of Law.
Following law school, Winders clerked for the Hon. Martha Craig Daughtrey on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and practiced animal law in a variety of settings. She has also taught animal law at Tulane University School of Law and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
Winders has been interviewed by numerous major news outlets, gives frequent presentations, and was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine as one of “Six Women Who Dare.”
Specialty Areas and Course Descriptions
Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions
- JD, 2006, New York University School of Law
- BA, 2001, University of California, Santa Cruz
Treating Humans Worse Than Animals? Exposing a False Solitary Confinement Narrative, in Against Cages and Carceral Logics (Justin Marceau & Lori Gruen, eds., forthcoming 2021).
Captive Wildlife Under the Endangered Species Act, in Endangered Species Act (Donald C. Baur & Ya-Wei Li eds., 3d ed. forthcoming 2021) (with Jared Goodman and Heather Rally).
The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty, 24 Animal L. 155 (2019).
Animal Welfare Act Enforcement, 24 Animal L. 249 (2019).
Animal Welfare Act Interaction with Other Laws, 24 Animal L. 185 (2019).
Administrative License Renewal and Due Process—A Case Study, 45 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 539 (2018).
Administrative Law Enforcement, Warnings, and Transparency, 79 Ohio St. L. J. 451 (2018).
Fulfilling the Promise of EFOIA’s Proactive Disclosure Mandate, 95 Denver L. Rev. 909 (2018).
Captive Wildlife at a Crossroads—Sanctuaries, Accreditation, and Humane-Washing, 6 Animal Stud. J. 161 (2017).
Confronting Barriers to the Courtroom for Animal Advocates, 13 Animal L. Rev. 1 (2006).
Note, Combining Reflexive Law and False Advertising Law to Standardize “Cruelty-Free” Labeling of Cosmetics, 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 454 (2006).
Selected Other Writings
Iowa Slaughterhouses Slated to Deregulate Are Already Failing to Properly Stun Pigs, Des Moines Register (Oct. 15, 2020).
Putting Us at Risk of Another Pandemic: The USDA’s Epic Failure, N.Y. Daily News (July 5, 2020).
Slaughtering Animals Is Not Essential, N.Y. Daily News(Apr. 28, 2020).
As Facilities Close for Covid-19, Stranded Animals Could Suffer, Undark (Apr. 8, 2020).
Rollbacks to Federal Regulation of Pig Slaughter Finalized, ABA Animal Law Committee Newsletter (Fall 2019).
It’s Official—The Feds Are Protecting Animal Exploiters, Daily Caller (Apr. 26, 2019).
Costly USDA Proposal Would Spend More Tax Dollars and Help Animal Abusers, Daily Caller (Mar. 29, 2019).
Why Is It So Hard for President Trump to Flatly Forbid Trophy Hunting Imports?, N.Y. Daily News (Mar. 9, 2018).
Self-Policing Animal Research: Another Bad Idea from USDA, Law360 (May 25, 2018).
Year After Blackout, Public Still in the Dark about Animal Welfare Enforcement, The Hill (Feb. 9, 2018).
Animal Welfare Act Could Protect Animals and Taxpayers — If It’s Enforced, U.S.A. Today (Dec. 26, 2017).
The Fish and Wildlife Service Must Atone for Tiger’s Death, Nat’l Geographic (Sept. 11, 2017).
Why Is the State of Wisconsin Propping Up a Cruel and Dying Industry?, AlterNet (Aug. 29, 2017).
USDA Blackout: Scrutinizing the Deletion of Thousands of Animal Welfare Act-Related Records, Am. Bar Ass’n Animal L. Comm. Newsletter (Summer 2017).
Wild Animal Acts Are Becoming a Thing of the Past, but Some Circuses Insist on Continuing Their Cruel Ways, AlterNet (June 26, 2017).
Ringling’s Big Cats Need New Homes—and They Could Be Headed for a Circus Overseas, Salon (June 11, 2017).
Ringling Is Dead, but Other Abusive Circuses Live, N.Y. Daily News (May 25, 2017).
Freedom of Information in Peril: What Transparency Looks Like in Trump’s Government, Salon (May 14, 2017).
Why I Sued the USDA, The Hill (Feb. 16, 2017).