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April 28, 2021

Nashville lawyer Daina Bray to receive ABA animal law award

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2021 —  Nashville, Tennessee, lawyer Daina Bray will receive the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Animal Law Committee’s Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award during the TIPS/Judicial Division Virtual Section Conference April 27-30. The award recognizes exceptional work by an Animal Law Committee member who, through commitment and leadership, has advanced the humane treatment of animals through the law. 

“Daina Bray is an outstanding advocate for creatures large and small,” said John McMeekin, chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. “She has worked tirelessly and collaboratively to put important resolutions before the ABA’s House of Delegates, including resolutions on Breed Discrimination in Military Housing, Mandatory Dog Encounter Training for Law Enforcement and Military Working Dogs. TIPS is proud to honor our friend and colleague with the Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award.”

Bray, a member of TIPS’ Council, is general counsel for the international nonprofit Mercy for Animals, based in Los Angeles. She advises its directors, management and staff on all legal issues that arise in the organization’s programs and operations.

Bray, who has 15 years in legal practice, is a past chair of the ABA Animal Law Committee, the current vice chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Animal Law Section and was a Fulbright scholar. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her bachelor’s in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead scholar.

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