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Camila Cossio

Animal Law LLM ’18

Camila Cossío is a recipient of our Animal Law LLM Leadership Award. She received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law (UT) and her BA, with highest honors, from the University of Houston. She is also a recipient of the Richard Peppin Animal Rights Scholarship and the The Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law for pro bono and human rights work. She served as a Public Interest Scholar for the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law. 

At UT, Camila served as co-president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Environmental Law Society. She participated in the Environmental Clinic, the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, and worked abroad in San José, Costa Rica on environmental justice cases with the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense. Camila has provided pro bono counsel to a variety of animal protection organizations including the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Animal Welfare Institute, and Mercy for Animals. She served as a legal fellow for the Good Food Institute where she assisted in research related to regulatory oversight of plant-based foods and for Compassion Over Killing where she assisted in research that led to the first undercover investigation of the largest supplier of lamb in the United States. Camila serves on the National Lawyers Guild Animal Rights Committee and has participated in solidarity work through the guild’s international subcommittees. 

“I am currently working on projects related to the Animal Law Clinic’s Aquatic Animal Law Initiative. I will be moderating the international law panel at this year’s Animal Law Conference and speaking as a co-panelist in Mexico City at the Minding Animals Conference about aquatic animal research. My LLM project is a creative piece that experiments with narrative to explore themes of non-human and human animal exploitation. My prose for this project has been published and/or is forthcoming in the Animal Studies Journal through the University of Wollongong in Australia, Litro Literary Magazine in the United Kingdom, The Acentos Review, and Elsewhere: A Journal of Literature of Art.”