Updated: March 16, 2021

Animal Law Section

Cat and a scale

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:

  • Establishing an annual seminar and eventually a multistate MCLE animal law institute
  • Publishing an Animal Law Reporter for the Pacific Northwest or nationwide
  • Printing and distributing quarterly email or paper newsletters to section members, soliciting articles from practitioners, academics, and others
  • Producing animal law-related pamphlets for the public
  • Providing information to and facilitate cooperation with government agencies and nongovernmental humane societies, rescue organizations, and animal sanctuaries
  • Organizing brown-bag lunches and round tables to address animal law matters in a short time frame

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Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

 

Application Deadline is April 16, 2021

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications:

  • Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • At-Large Member (four positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process: Click here to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest with your application. This document can be uploaded with your online application (PDF format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Nomination Process: The nominating committee shall verify qualifications and willingness to serve of nominees and make additional nominations when appropriate. All applicants will apply through an electronic application process administered by the Bar.

Alternate Nomination Process: A Section member may self-nominate. 

Concurrent Nomination: Section members may run concurrently for either Chair-elect or Secretary/Treasurer and an At-Large position. Thus, in the event a nominee loses an officer race, she may still win an At-Large position.

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2021. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

Questions? 
For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.


Executive Committee

ChairGemma Zanowski
(2020-2022)

Chair-Elect: vacant

SecretaryLeila Arefi-Pour
(2020-2022)

Treasurer: vacant

Immediate Past ChairAdam Karp (2020-2022)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Lauren Boyd (2020-2021)

Members At-Large:
Dylan DeVito (2020-2021)
Sara Maleki (2020-2021)
Kathryn Hall (2020-2021)
Jen Calkins (2020-2021)


Please contact subcommittee members for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

For general questions, or to request archived issues of the section newsletter, 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.