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Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)


Our Mission: Helping Animals through the Law

As the very first student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, LC SALDF is devoted to enhancing the welfare and legal status of all nonhuman animals. Our primary goal is to educate ourselves and others concerning the issues and laws that affect animals and to influence positive change.

Who We Are:

Established in 1993, Lewis & Clark’s was the first student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. We have an impressive membership of hundreds of JDs and LLMs from around the country and abroad.

What We Do:

We provide a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship, aiming to both protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system while striving to raise the profile of animal law.

We coordinate opportunities for animal law pro bono work, community service, and activism while holding informative and celebratory events throughout the year that promote critical thinking about animals’ various relationship to humans and our legal duties to those animals.

We play in integral role in organizing the annual Animal Law Conference, the nation’s longest-running convention dedicated to animal law issues. We also share a suite with the Animal Law Review, the leading journal of its kind, and our members regularly place at each year’s National Animal Law Competition. Finally, we work closely with Lewis & Clark’s core of Animal Law faculty, who comprise the Center for Animal Law Studies.

Get Informed:

Whether you’re interested in a career in animal law or simply want to join the number of growing voices concerned about animals’ well-being, join our email list by clicking on the link to the right.

Contact Us:

If you’d like to learn more about LC SALDF, just get in touch with any one of our board members, who would be happy to share stories about our close-knit group and what we accomplish every year.

If you’re a prospective student interested in animal law and would like a personalized tour, we’d love to show you around! Just contact us at to set up a meeting.


March 22nd, 2018

  • Mar 22

    Annual MeatOut Event!

    You are invited to the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (Lewis & Clark Chapter)’s annual “MeatOut” celebration!

March 23rd, 2018

  • Mar 23

    The Future of Food: Growing Opportunities

    Food Law and Policy conversations are becoming increasingly prevalent in academic, legal, and popular discourse. The food we eat, and our laws and policy governing it, have a profound impact on urban and rural communities, the natural environment, and animals. This year’s symposium takes a critical, intersectional, and interdisciplinary look at the environmental and food justice impacts of our food systems, the public health implications of our food choices, and business of food in our modern world.