Jamie McLaughlin

Jamie is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where she received her BA with a double major in English and anthropology. She began a career in finance with Ameriprise Financial in the San Francisco Bay Area, and later obtained her Certified Financial Planner designation through the professional studies program at Northwestern University in Chicago. After serving as a financial advisor to Silicon Valley professionals for many years, Jamie transitioned from her financial planning practice to pursue animal rights and welfare law.

She received her JD with a Public Interest Law Certificate from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. In addition to her animal rights and welfare focus, Jamie has studied intersectionality, human rights, and critical social justice in Berlin through DePaul’s program with Humboldt University. She has also studied Latin American law including human rights and international business law through DePaul’s program at Instituto Universitario ESEADE in Buenos Aries.

Jamie is the recipient of the Center for Animal Law Studies Animal Law LLM Leadership Award and the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law & Policy Domestic Scholarship. Her concentrations are animal status, and the impacts of U.S. industrial agriculture models on the environment, human and nonhuman animals. At Lewis & Clark, she is pursuing LLMs in animal and environmental law. Jamie has clerked for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Humane Society of the United States, the Nonhuman Rights Project, and the Slaughter Free Network. She currently serves as Animal Law Commission Vice President for the International Association of Lawyers, (UIA).