Harvard Law School Launches Animal Law And Policy Clinic
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Harvard Law School Launches Animal Law And Policy Clinic


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Harvard Law School has announced the launch of its new animal law and policy clinic, as the number of institutions in the states offering Animal Law courses skyrockets. 

The new clinic, part of the school’s Animal Law & Policy Program, covers a range of issues ‘affecting farmed animals, wildlife, animals in captivity, and the overarching threat to all forms of life from climate change’.

Students will learn how to pursue advocacy under several substantive areas of the law, including the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Animal Welfare Act, the Humane Slaughter Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Wild Horse and Burros Act, and state animal cruelty codes.

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, Faculty Director Professor Kristen Stilt said: “The Animal Law & Policy Clinic at HLS will train and prepare our graduates to embark on careers in the animal protection field, produce impactful litigation and policy analysis to benefit the animal protection movement, and provide an internationally renowned platform for educating the broader public about the many pressing issues involving animal law and policy.”

‘Significant societal challenges’

The clinic will be led by Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor Katherine Meyer and Clinical Instructor Nicole Negowetti, while Recent HLS graduate Kate Barnekow JD ’19 will be returning as the first Clinical Fellow, and Sarah Pickering will be joining the team as Communications Manager.

“Animal law is a vitally important and rapidly growing field,” said Harvard Law School Dean John F. Manning. 

“Our new Animal Law & Policy Clinic will give students real-world experience in this burgeoning field, build on Harvard Law School’s long tradition of innovative pedagogy, and prepare future graduates to address significant societal challenges.”

You can read more about the clinic here

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