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Center for Animal Law Studies

Pamela Frasch

Associate Dean of the Animal Law Program and the Brooks McCormick Jr. Scholar of Animal Law and Policy

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Professor Frasch is Associate Dean of the Animal Law Program and the Brooks McCormick Jr. Scholar of Animal Law and Policy. She also founded the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) in 2008. CALS is an academic animal law program with a focus on academic research, scholarship, and experiential education. The mission of CALS is to educate the next generation of animal law attorneys and advance animal protection through the law. CALS is dedicated to:

  • Training law students and lawyers for careers as leaders in all aspects of animal law and related fields;
  • Conducting, supporting, and promoting rigorous, independent legal research that advances the field of animal law; and
  • Developing and implementing innovative recommendations and legal strategies relating to animal law within administrative, legislative, litigation, and other settings.

Previously, Professor Frasch served as general counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a national nonprofit animal protection law organization that seeks to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. In 1996, Professor Frasch created the ALDF Criminal Justice Program which has since assisted law enforcement and animal advocates in investigating and prosecuting thousands of animal abuse and neglect cases nationwide.

Professor Frasch began teaching survey and advanced courses in animal law at Lewis & Clark Law School as an adjunct faculty member in 1998. In 2008, she founded CALS and became the world’s first Dean of Animal Law. She was welcomed by the faculty as a full Professor of Law in February 2020.

In addition to her duties with CALS, Professor Frasch is co-author of the premier American legal casebook in the field, Animal Law: Cases and Materials, now in its sixth edition (Carolina Academic Press, 2019) and used in most animal law courses being taught in the United States. She is also co-author, with Professor Kathy Hessler among others, of Animal Law in a Nutshell now in its second edition (Thomson West, 2014).

Professor Frasch is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on issues of animal law and is the principal author of Oregon’s first felony anti-cruelty law. She has authored or co-authored a number of articles and book chapters in the field, and has been recognized by the Association of American Law Schools, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Oregon Humane Society for her contributions.

Prior to focusing her practice on animal law, Professor Frasch specialized in labor and employment law at Littler Mendelson and Hanson, Bridgett, in San Francisco and employee benefits law at Stoel Rives in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the California and Oregon State Bars.

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Academic Credentials

  • JD, 1984, William Mitchell College of Law
  • BA, 1980, University of Minnesota


Separately Published Works

  • ANIMAL LAW IN A NUTSHELL (Thomson West, 2011) (co-authored with Professor Kathy Hessler, Sonia S. Waisman and Sarah Kutil). 
  • ANIMAL LAW, CASES AND MATERIALS (Carolina Academic Press, 4th Ed., 2010) (co-authored with Sonia S. Waisman and Bruce A. Wagman).
  • ANIMAL LAW (Carolina Academic Press, 2000) (co-authored with Sonia S. Waisman, Bruce A. Wagman and Scott Beckstead).

Works Published as Part of a Collection

  • The Future of Animal Law: Moving Beyond Preaching to the Choir, 60 J. LEGAL ED. 209 (2010) (co-authored with Megan Senatori).
  • The Unequal Treatment of Animals by Species and Practice in the United States: A Moral and Legal Dilemma(with Dr. Hollie Lund), published in:
    • L’animal Dans la Spirale des Besoins de L’humain, (in French) (M. Lachance  (dir.)), Cowansville, Éditions Yvon Blais, 2010, p.15.
    • Revista Brasileira de Direito Animal (in Portuguese) (Heron José de Santana Gordilo, Luciano Rocha Santana, Tagore Trajano de Almeida Silva, Coordenação) Ano 4, Número 5, 2010, p. 11.
    • Crime, Restoration and Responsibility, Research Project Report No. 185, Chiba University Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (in Japanese) (From the proceedings of the Japanese Association of Legal Philosophy)  (I. Shimazu, ed.) 2010, p. 45.
  • Criminal Law, in LITIGATING ANIMAL LAW DISPUTES (ABA Publishing, J. Schaffner and J. Fershtman, eds.) (2009) (co-authored with Dana Campbell).
  • The Impact of Improved Anti-Cruelty Laws in the Investigation, Prosecution and Sentencing of Abusers, in THE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF THEORY, RESEARCH AND APPLICATION ON ANIMAL ABUSE AND CRUELTY (Purdue University Press, F. Ascione, ed.) (2008).
  • Addressing Animal Abuse:  The Complementary Roles of Religion, Secular Ethics and the Law, 8 JOURNAL OF ANIMAL-HUMAN STUDIES 311 (2000).
  • Recognizing, Investigating and Prosecuting Animal Cruelty, in GUIDEBOOK FOR VETERINARIANS (American Humane Association (2000)).
  • State Animal Anti-Cruelty Statutes: An Overview, 5 ANIMAL L. 69 (1999) (co-authored with Stephan K. Otto, Kristen M. Olsen, Paul A. Ernest).