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March 28, 2022

Joan Schaffner: Chair 2009-2010

Joan Schaffner is an Associate Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering and J.D. from the University of Southern California and her M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She worked at the law firm of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, California and clerked for the Honorable Marianna Pfaelzer in the Central District of California before coming to George Washington University.

Professor Schaffner teaches Civil Procedure, Remedies, Sexuality and the Law. She is the faculty advisor to Lambda Law, the GLBT student organization at GW, and is faculty advisor and editor-in-chief of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal.

Professor Schaffner directs the GW Animal Law Program which consists of the GW Animal Welfare Project (AWP), a pro bono effort of faculty and students devoted to researching and improving animal welfare laws in the District of Columbia; seminars in animal law; and a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF). She co-directs the Animal Welfare Project and is the faculty advisor to SALDF. She also coordinates the Animal Law Lawyering Project that provides students with outside placements in the animal law field and teaches the seminar Animal Law Lawyering. Additionally, Professor Schaffner has testified on behalf of non-breed specific dangerous dog laws and has participated on animal law panels at conferences world-wide. She is active in various organizations, including: Chair (2009-2010), Publications Vice-Chair, and Newsletter Vice-Chair of the ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee; Founding Chair of the AALS Section on Animal Law; consumer member for the District of Columbia Board of Veterinary Medicine; and Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.