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Natasha Dolezal

Director, Animal Law LLM Degree Program

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Erskine B. Wood Hall

Natasha Dolezal, J.D., oversees all aspects of the Animal Law LL.M. program and teaches within the Center for Animal Law Studies animal law curriculum.

Ms. Dolezal began her legal career in the Oregon legislature as a senator’s legislative assistant. In this capacity, she was instrumental in bringing the Senate Judiciary Committee to Lewis & Clark for a public hearing on various animal related legislation and successfully shepherded a bill recognizing the link between animal abuse and child abuse into law. Ms. Dolezal then transitioned to a position as a deputy district attorney where she prosecuted felony and misdemeanor crimes, including animal abuse cases. Prior to joining the Center for Animal Law Studies, Ms. Dolezal was the associate director for state relations at Oregon Health & Science University.

Originally trained as a biologist, Natasha’s interest in animal law began while studying wildlife conservation in Kenya, performing conservation genetics research on various species of birds and training, and caring for assistance dogs at a large nonprofit.

Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions

NALC: Legislative Drafting and Lobbying

Kenya Legal Project

Graduate Animal Law LL.M. Seminar

Academic Credentials

  • J.D., 2006, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • B.A., 2001, Gonzaga University


  • Kenya Legal Project, II Global Animal Law Conference, Barcelona, Spain (forthcoming 2015)
  • Animal Law – A Global Phenomenon, with Pamela Frasch and Kathy Hessler, Global Journal of Animal Law, January 2014.
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Natasha Dolezal’s office is located in room 150E of Wood Hall.


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Natasha Dolezal Director, Animal Law LLM Degree Program

Center for Animal Law Studies Lewis & Clark Law School 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard MSC 51 Portland OR 97219 USA