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Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events:

In addition to putting on Speaker Series events and encouraging volunteerism, LC SALDF strives to keep its members apprised of animal-related events in and around Portland, doing its part to build the animal protection community. Check out some of our recent and upcoming events below. Nearly all of our events are open to the public, so do not hesitate to stop by!

What We’ve Done:

February 15th, 2018

  • Image preview 12:00pm - 1:00pm: LC SALDF Speaker Series - Professor Rebecca Huss
    Join us for a free lunch and fascinating discussion with Professor Rebecca Huss! Professor Huss’ lecture to us is entitled: The Bad Newz Kennels Case & the Federal Animal Welfare Act’s Animal Fighting Venture Provision.

February 9th, 2018

February 8th, 2018

  • Image preview 12:10pm: Preparation for Annual Networking Event and Beyond
    This panel event will feature Priscilla Rader, Professor Lora Dunn, Professor David Rosengard, and Angie Fagg of the Animal Legal Defense Fund who will discuss networking tips for our annual Networking Event and beyond.
  • Image preview All Day: Cutest Companion Contest!
    SALDF’s Third Annual Cutest Companion Contest is almost here! Submit a photo of your companion animal and let your friends, family, and colleagues vote with their dollars to prove that your companion is the cutest. This year, all donations will benefit Animal Aid PDX, a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter located here in Portland. Whoever raises the most money will win an awesome prize!

January 25th, 2018

  • Image preview 12:10pm: Speaker Series – Ryan Merkley
    Laws protecting animals in laboratories are weak and poorly enforced. Yet individuals and organizations within and outside government are attempting to water down those laws even more. Meanwhile, the public is more concerned about animal welfare and more skeptical of animal experimentation than ever before. Ryan Merkley of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will examine these issues and discuss what groups are doing to fight the current efforts to deregulate animal industries.

January 11th, 2018

  • Image preview 12:10pm: Speaker Series – Becky Jenkins

    Becky will be discussing the concept and impacts of environmental racism, a fascinating and disturbing reality that you won’t want to miss out on learning about. Join us for a free lunch and discussion on Thursday, January 11th at 12:10 PM in Room 7!

November 16th, 2017

November 10th, 2017

November 9th, 2017

November 2nd, 2017

October 21st, 2017

  • Image preview 1:00pm - 4:00pm: SALDF Annual Potluck
    Bring a vegan dish to share, carve a pumpkin, and get to know some of our wonderful members!

October 16th, 2017

October 12th, 2017

  • Image preview 12:10pm: SALDF Speaker Series: Jennifer Fearing
    Jennifer Fearing, most notably known for running the successful Proposition 2 campaign in California, will join us to discuss strategies for connecting with those outside of the animal protectionist movement, career advice for those interested in lobbying, and her successes in the animal welfare movement. FREE LUNCH from Sizzle Pie provided!

September 13th, 2017

  • Image preview 12:10pm: Speaker Series–Josh Tetrick
    SALDF and SABER are hosting Hampton Creek’s CEO, Josh Tetrick, who will join us via video conference to discuss Hampton Creek’s exciting mission of bringing accessible, healthier and more sustainable food to everyone through their cutting-edge plant-based food. Free lunch from Veggie Grill provided!

September 9th, 2017

  • Image preview 1:00pm - 4:00pm: Fall Work Retreat
    Our Fall Work Retreat will be held at Out to Pasture Sanctuary in Estacada on Saturday, September 9th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM! We will help out the many residents of the sanctuary and enjoy lunch afterwards. All are welcome, but please leave companion animals at home. For additional information, please contact Rachel Heatley at

September 7th, 2017

  • Image preview 12:10pm: Speaker Series–Russ Mead
    Russ Mead, who recently joined Lewis & Clark Law’s faculty and was instrumental in the rescue of animals after Hurricane Katrina, will join us for a motivational talk titled “I Could Do That”. Professor Mead hopes to inspire us to integrate animal welfare into our personal and professional lives and leave us with the notion that we can do amazing things to help animals, no matter what area of law we practice. Free lunch from Homegrown Smoker provided!

August 31st, 2017

August 30th, 2017

  • Image preview 12:05pm: Animal Law Advisee Meeting
    Join us for a lunchtime talk with Professor Kathy Hessler! Professor Hessler will offer advice for navigating law school and the animal law field. Although this event is geared towards 1L’s, all are welcome. Lunch from Loving Hut will be provided!

August 15th, 2017

  • Image preview 7:00pm: Speaker Series–James Aspey
    The Center for Animal Law Studies, LC SALDF, Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), and Tofurky are thrilled to welcome Mr. James Aspey to L&C Law! Mr. Aspey is an incredible advocate for animals who famously took a year long vow of silence to raise awareness for our four (or two or none)-legged friends (and went viral as a result). All are welcome to attend and we hope to see you at what promises to be a great event!

What’s to Come:

February 21st, 2018

  • Image preview 12:00pm - 1:30pm: LC SALDF Presents - Delcianna Winders
    Join us as we feature Delcianna Winders, Vice President of and Deputy General Counsel for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals! Her presentation will center on captive wildlife and the law, including the recent case of Nosey the elephant.

March 23rd, 2018

  • 8:00am - 6:00pm: 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.