Updated: May 10, 2019

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

Annual Report  |  Budget  |  Bylaws  |  Year in Review

Executive Committee Elections Begin in May

Voting is scheduled to begin May 13, 2019

Candidate Information, Open Positions & Terms

For information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Per the bylaws, the section executive committee may appoint a member to serve in a vacant position on an interim basis. If interested in serving, emails sections@wsba.org.

The positions open for the upcoming election are as follows:

At-Large Members: four positions open, with one-year terms beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.

Candidate 1: Jessica Johnson  │  Candidate Statement

Candidate 2: Wynnia Kerr  │  No Candidate Statement Provided

Elections will be conducted via SurveyMonkey. To ensure you receive a ballot, please click here and/or adjust your spam filters/firewalls to ensure your email address will receive the ballot. 


Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.

Executive Committee

ChairAdam Karp

Chair-Elect: Gemma Zanowski

Secretary/TreasurerSara Maleki

Immediate Past ChairWynn Kerr

Board of Governors Liaison: Paul Swegle

Young Lawyer Liaison: Vacant

Members At-Large:
Dylann DeVito
Jessica Johnson
Wynn Kerr 
Danny Lutz

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.