The Committee has continued to grow and thrive in 2022 thanks to the efforts of our members. Since January, the Committee has co-sponsored two impactful webinars. On March 17, Committee members Frances Arricale, Daina Bray, Jodi Medoff, Raj Reddy, and Susan Schwartz presented “How to get started in Animal Law.” This informative and inspirational panel provided insight into how attorneys can help change laws and policies to promote animals’ interests and have an impact on the lives of animals at any stage on their careers. The program was sponsored by the ABA International Law Section, Seasoned Lawyers Interest Network and co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division, Law Students’ Division, International Animal Law Committee, Young Lawyers Interest Network, Young Lawyers Action Group, and the Senior Lawyers Division International Law Committee.
On May 20, the Committee sponsored “Animal Legal Philosophy and Personhood.” This program featured four leading animal philosophers, Carrie Freedman, Lori Gruen, Anthony Nocella, and Martha Nussbaum, with Raj Reddy as moderator. The panel explored a variety of perspectives on animal rights and its intersection with other movements. A huge thank you to Vice Chair Jane McElligott for helping to coordinate these educational programs.