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April 19, 2022

Harvard Law School’s Chris Green to receive ABA animal law award

CHICAGO, April 21, 2022 — Chris Green, executive director of the Brooks McCormick Jr. Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School, will receive the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Animal Law Committee’s Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award at a reception on April 28 during the TIPS 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. 

“Chris Green is a trailblazer in shaping the field of animal law,” said John McMeekin, chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. “He is a true advocate for animals and was the lead drafter and promoter of the ABA policy adopted by the House of Delegates in 2020 calling for training on the use of force during encounters with animals. TIPS is proud to honor our friend and colleague with the Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award.”

Green is the first executive director of Harvard’s Animal Law & Policy Program. Under his leadership, the program has experienced tremendous growth, expanding its animal law course offerings, fellowship programs, scholarship and research opportunities and establishing the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Clinic. Last year the program received a $10 million endowment from the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law and Policy, which is to date the largest philanthropic gift in the field of animal law.

Green, who has been involved in animal law for 22 years, is a founding member and former chair of the TIPS Animal Law Committee and previously was the director of legislative affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In those capacities, Green persuaded the top three U.S. airlines to stop transporting endangered animal hunting trophies, helped defeat “ag-gag” legislation in several states and successfully passed an ABA resolution recommending that all U.S. legislative bodies outlaw the possession of dangerous wild animals.

He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s in environmental science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has over 10,000 members and more than 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website,

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.