Another Historic First in Animal Law
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Pamela Hart, ALDF Animal Legal Defense Fund
October 2011

In 2008, the Animal Legal Defense Fund entered into an exciting collaboration with Lewis & Clark Law School to launch the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark. Since that time, CALS has educated and supported law students and legal professionals in the rapidly developing field of animal law through classes, conferences, scholarships, and clinical opportunities.

The milestones that have been achieved at CALS have been nothing short of incredible, from the appointment of the first animal law dean to hiring the first full-time faculty member dedicated to an animal law clinic. These “firsts” complement an already impressive list of pioneering accomplishments at Lewis & Clark including the formation of the first Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter, first academic animal law conference, first animal law journal, and first national animal law competitions.

With the above track record, CALS has set the academic bar high as a leader in the field of animal law. This position was validated once again when Lewis & Clark’s Law School Dean, Robert Klonoff, announced at the 19th Annual Animal Law Conference that it will be launching an Animal Law LL.M. (Master of Laws) program. With the creation of this program, Lewis & Clark will have the first advanced legal degree program in animal law in the world. The LL.M. degree will be offered starting next fall (2012).

Congratulations to our colleagues at CALS - Pamela Frasch, Kathy Hessler, and Laura Handzel - for this latest accomplishment!

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