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Lewis & Clark Law School Animal Legal Defense Fund

Irene Au-Young


Irene is in her third year and is thrilled to be a part of Lewis & Clark Law School’s Animal Legal Defense Fund. She is from South Pasadena, California. Irene chose Lewis & Clark because of its unparalleled commitment to advancing the interests of animals through the legal system.

Irene attended the University of Oregon where she pursued Biology and Human Physiology. She spent her undergraduate years volunteering at a small animal hospital, a raptors center and a wildlife rehabilitation center. Her passion for animal law was realized when her family adopted two loving pit bulls. She hopes to use her legal education to combat the social and legal elements that play into breed specific legislation. Additionally, she hopes to start a prison-shelter program to aid in the rehabilitation of both incarcerated individuals and rescue dogs to reduce recidivism.

Irene completed her first externship with East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in Berkeley, California. There, she helped individuals apply for asylum and had some of the most impactful interactions.  

This past summer, Irene had the privilege of clerking at Midwest Environmental Advocates where she learned how to use environmental law principles to bolster legal protections for farmed animals. She assisted in cases involving water diversions, water contamination, and CAFO regulations.

During her second year, Irene served as the Community Coordinator Chair. This year, Irene is excited to serve as the Co-Director alongside a board of incredible individuals. Irene has two rescue cats, Eleven and Luna, who are the absolute loves of her life.

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