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A Few Announcements from ALDF


ALDF Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellowship: This is a fantastic opportunity for recent graduates (J.D. earned within the last 3 years). Deadline is April 15, 2011, to apply for the Fellowship, which begins in June and will last roughly 27 months. Read more about the position here.

Development Officer Position Available with ALDF: Applicants must have at least three years’ fundraising experience and be committed to animal welfare and ALDF’s mission. Visit our website for the complete job description. This is a great opportunity for the right person!


SALDF Research Opportunity: ALDF is compiling a list of SALDF chapters interested in assisting us with legal research. If your chapter would like to be added to our database of potential volunteers, please email Nicole R. Pallotta. When a project comes open, we will contact your group to check availability.

Other Opportunities

Deadline for ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship: Submit your application materials soon! Everything (including letters of recommendation) must be received by our office no later than March 4, 2011. Visit our website for application instructions. Good luck!

SALDF Graduation Packets: It’s not too early to think about graduation! ALDF has a Graduation Packet available for SALDF members, which includes a graduation cord, lapel pin and complimentary one-year attorney membership in ALDF. To request these materials, a representative of your chapter should email Nicole R. Pallotta; please indicate how many graduating members your chapter has and the address to send the packet.


You are invited to the following animal law conferences:

Does the Law Consider Animal Suffering?
Ottawa, Ontario
May 20, 2011

2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Animal Law Conference
Baltimore, MD
April 8, 2011

Please visit the ALDF website for more opportunities and upcoming animal law events. As always, thank you for everything you do for animals!

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2011 National Animal Law Competitions

It’s that time of year again! The 2011 National Animal Law Competitions will be taking place right here on the HLS campus on February 26th and 27th. We are so excited about this event and we are sure that it is going to be a great success — but, we need your help. Specifically, we are looking for people to serve as timekeepers and timekeeper/staffers for the different rounds of the Competitions (more on this on the volunteer form). We greatly appreciate any time that you can take out of your busy schedules to help us ensure that this event goes smoothly.

Also, we have TWO amazing teams representing HLS this year in the Appellate Moot Court Competitions: Cary Mayberger & Jenny Shmuel (two of our board members and next year’s SALDF leadership!), and Myra Blake & Alex Krueger. We are thrilled to have both of these teams participating and wish them the best of luck!  Please show your support for these competitors by volunteering.

The 2011 National Animal Law Competitors Volunteer Form can be found here. Please contact us with any questions.

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Lobbying 101:

Effective Lobbying Techniques Through Animal Advocacy

Thursday January 27th, 6pm in Pound 101

The Massachusetts State Director for the Humane Society of the United States will be leading a seminar on lobbying techniques for citizen advocates through animal-related issues such as factory farming, domestic abuse and more. Learn the basic skills that can be applied to further any important cause!


Sponsored by: Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, Women’s Law Association and the Humane Society of the United States

Questions: Contact

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Yoga to support animal rescue groups!

Congrats on being done with classes!

Karma Yoga Studio in Harvard Square is holding yoga classes on Sundays at 6 PM with all of the proceeds going to benefit local animal rescue groups. This is would be a great way to take a relaxing study break and help animals at the same time.

More info here. Good luck on finals!

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Summer Litigation Internship Opportunity

Compassion Over Killing (COK) is seeking Litigation Interns for Summer, 2011 (unpaid). Compassion Over Killing is a national nonprofit (501(c)(3)) animal advocacy organization. Working to end animal abuse since 1995, COK focuses on ending and preventing cruelty to animals in agriculture. The 2011 Summer Litigation Interns will work with COK’s Legal Advocacy Program in our West Coast office in Torrance, California.

The Summer Litigation Interns will work on litigation projects aimed at protecting farmed animals; most of these projects are plaintiffs’ litigation. These projects will likely employ a variety of legal theories, relating to areas such as state criminal cruelty laws, false advertising and unfair competition laws, tort liability, environmental protection laws, administrative law, tax, and corporate law. The interns will have opportunities to research new projects as well as assist heavily with ongoing projects. They will work closely with Compassion Over Killing’s general

Excellent research and writing skills are required. In addition, the Litigation Intern should be interested in exploring novel approaches to protecting animals through litigation. Candidates with a background and interest in animal protection are preferred, although it is not required. Interested law students should apply with cover letter, resume, writing sample, list of three references, and law school transcript to Compassion Over Killing’s general counsel Cheryl Leahy at

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Movie Screening: Temple Grandin

Monday, November 22, 7:30 pm — Hauser 102


Please join us for a screening of Temple Grandin, a film about an autistic young woman who became, through timely mentoring and sheer force of will, a remarkable pioneer in the humane treatment of livestock. Starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin.

Temple Grandin, photo by Steve Jurveston

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ALDF Animal Law Institute Inaugural Litigation Fellowship

The ALDF Animal Law Institute is now offering an Animal Law Institute Inaugural Litigation Fellowship. The Fellow will learn to develop state and federal strategic impact litigation and legislation to better the lives and legal status of animals. The Fellow will operate as part of a team, but will ultimately be responsible for the innovation and success of his or her projects while developing litigation skills. The model applicant must have earned a J.D. within the past three years, excelled in school, earned strong work references, and have a sincere and proven interest in animal protection. The primary focus of this clerkship is on civil animal law issues, but Fellows will be exposed to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.

The Fellowship will begin in January 2011 and last roughly thirty-three months. It will be based at ALDF’s headquarters in Cotati, California. The position offers a salary of $39,500 annually, full medical and dental benefits, and a casual office environment, including companion animals. Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2010, and should consist of a resume with at least two references, cover letter, and legal writing sample. Please send applications by email to Carter Dillard, Director of Litigation, at

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David Wolfson Talk at HLS

On October 4th, the Harvard Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) hosted a lecture by David Wolfson on one of the most pressing issues in animal welfare: factory farming.

Mr. Wolfson has taught, lectured, and written extensively on animal law. As a partner in the Corporate division of the international law firm Milbank Tweed, he has also represented various animal protection groups in litigation and legislative lobbying.

During his talk, Mr. Wolfson gave those in attendance an introduction to the legal, economic, and social issues relating to the booming practice of factory farming in the United States.  Mr. Wolfson explained that factory farming has extremely far-reaching effects, affecting animal welfare, health, labor, environmental sustainability, food policy, and energy efficiency.

He also discussed the legislative framework governing factory farming, describing how the piecemeal arrangement of state and federal laws and the sensitive politics surrounding farming practices present challenges to activists and lobbyists who seek to change the way the industry operates. In particular, Mr. Wolfson discussed the advantages of ballot initiatives, such as California’s Proposition 2, which have offered a more direct and effective route to improving industry standards.

The lecture was very well attended, and the students enjoyed a homemade vegan lunch prepared by two SALDF board members.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Summer Clerkships

Animal Legal Defense Fund Summer Clerkships
Summer 2011 in Cotati, California or Portland, Oregon

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Since 1981, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has won precedent-setting victories that have expanded legal protections for companion animals, wildlife, animals in research labs, and those in factory farming situations.

During the summer of 2011, six promising law students will be given the opportunity to learn more about animal law by participating in the ALDF Summer Clerkships. The clerkship positions are described below.

Criminal Justice Program Clerkship
Responsibilities include reviewing cruelty reports, communicating with law enforcement officers, animal welfare investigators and prosecutors, assisting in the development of proposed legislation, researching a wide range of legal issues, and drafting pleadings and research memoranda. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on criminal cases involving animal cruelty, but there will exposure to civil animal law issues as well. This clerkship position is offered at the ALDF Office in Portland, Oregon.

Litigation Program Clerkship
Responsibilities include legal research, working with ALDF’s litigation department in developing new cases, and assistance in preparation of pleadings in cases currently being handled by ALDF. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on civil animal law issues, but there will be exposure to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well. This clerkship position is being offered at the ALDF national headquarters in Cotati, California.

Clerkships are for a period of 10 weeks with a flexible starting date (dependent upon the student’s schedule). They are open to second-year students only. There is a $6,000 stipend for the summer.

Deadline for applications is October 15, 2010. The law clerk will be chosen by November 12, 2010. Law students interested in applying should forward an application form, cover letter, resumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to  Only complete applications will be considered. In the alternative, materials can be sent to:

Animal Legal Defense Fund
Law Clerk Position
170 E. Cotati Ave.
Cotati, CA  94931
Attention – Kay Wood

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2011 National Animal Law Competitions

The 8th Annual National Animal Law Competitions will be held on February 25-27th, 2011.  The board of SALDF wants to encourage anyone who is interested to participate and pass on a few items from the organizers at the Center for Animal Studies at the Lewis & Clark Law School.

  • There are 3 separate competitions: a Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition; a Closing Argument Competition; and an Appellate Moot Court Competition.
  • The dates of the event are Friday, February 25th (starts in the evening) through Sunday, February 27th.
  • Federal judges will preside over the final round of the Appellate Moot Court Competition.
  • Registration opened on Thursday, October 7th at 10 a.m. (PST).  We hope that once again this year, Harvard will have an Appellate Moot Court team and perhaps other competitors. Spots fill up quickly!
  • The official website is  Registration forms are already available.
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