Animal Law Section

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Animal law has quickly emerged as a specialty legal field in law schools (Harvard, Duke, Georgetown, Hastings, Rutgers, and the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, which publishes the Animal Law Journal). Animal-centered litigation appears more routinely on court dockets as pet owners sue to recover damages. Nationwide, legislatures debate the passage of bills addressing issues at the boundaries of human-animal relationships. In 2010 Carolina Academic Press published the fourth edition of a 780-page volume on animal law, the first casebook of its kind.

Animal law has useful applications for practitioners in many areas including landlord-tenant, criminal, wills and trusts, personal injury and tort claims, nonprofit organizations, agricultural, local government, and administrative law.

In addition to providing a forum for members to exchange ideas, study, and understand laws, regulations, and case law pertaining to all areas of animal law, initial goals of the Animal Law Section include:

  • Establish an annual seminar and eventually a multi-state MCLE animal law institute.
  • Publish an Animal Law Reporter for the Pacific Northwest or nationally.
  • Print and distribute quarterly email or paper newsletters to section members, soliciting articles from practitioners, academics, and others.
  • Produce animal law-related pamphlets for the public.
  • Provide information to and facilitate cooperation with government agencies and nongovernmental humane societies, rescue organizations, and animal sanctuaries. 
  • Organize brown-bag lunches and round tables to address animal law matters in a short time frame.


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For general questions, please send your inquiry to sections@wsba.org. To get involved and learn more about the Animal Law Section, please contact the section chair, Gemma Zanowski

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