Updated: June 8, 2018

Animal Law Section

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 nationwide.
  • 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.

Annual Report
Info Sheet

Animal Law Section Executive Committee Elections

Voting in the 2018 Executive Committee Elections for the Animal Law Section ended on May 31. Here are the newly-elected members for for each position with terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018.

Chair: Adam P. Karp

Chair-elect: Gemma Zanowski

Secretary/Treasurer: Sara Maleki

At Large Members (Four Positions): Wynn Kerr, Danny Lutz, Dylan DeVito, Jessica Johnson

Thank you to all of the candidates!


Executive Committee

ChairAdam Karp 
Chair-Elect: Vacant
Secretary/TreasurerSara Maleki
Immediate Past Chair:  Wynn Kerr 
Young Lawyer Liaison: Vacant
BOG LiaisonJames Doane

Committee Members At-Large
Gemma Zanowski
Danny Lutz
Dylann DeVito
Jessica Bandlow

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, Adam Karp