School navigation

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 over 50 JDs and LLMs from around the country, as well as from 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, and we hold many 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 planning the annual Animal Law Conference, the nation’s longest-running convention dedicated to animal law. We also share a suite with the Animal Law Review, the country’s leading animal law journal, 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 SALDF at Lewis & Clark, simply get in touch with any one of our board members, who would be happy to share their experiences about our close-knit group and what we achieve throughout the 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


February 6th, 2016