Our mission: To protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. We are interested in the many ways that animals are involved in and affected by the legal system. Animal law overlaps with areas of criminal law, family law, environmental law, and many other areas.

Our goals: To promote awareness about developments in animal law in the WCL community. To maintain an animal law class and develop a curriculum at WCL. To develop networking opportunities between WCL students and the Animal Law field. To provide resources and advocate where necessary for vegetarian and vegan students.

Visit WCL SALDF Facebook for more information and upcoming events.

2014 Board Members

Catherine Elena Riedo

Lizzie Lewis

Communications Director

Emma Burgess Roy

Finance Director

Lauren Swanson

Non-Profit Coordinator

Lauren Tavar



Board of Directors

Alan Nemeth, Esq.

Professor of Animal Law at American University Washington College of Law


Peter J. Petersan, Esq.

Director of Animal Protection Litigation at The Humane Society of the United States


Bill Snape, Esq.

Professor of Environmental Law at American University Washington College of Law

Senior Counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity




Our National Affiliate- The Animal Legal Defense Fund

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For more information or to join our email list, contact AnimalLaw@wcl.american.edu.