Student Animal Legal Defense Fund News
The National ALDF organization is offering several oportunities for students interested in animal law. Please contact Brittany Ducker (email@example.com) for further information. The following information was contained in an email our chapter received from the ALDF.
ALDF is pleased to announce our new groundbreaking Animal Law Externship Program that pairs animal law attorneys with law students interested in working in this dynamic area of the law. Not only will ALDF match qualified candidates with practitioners for this innovative program, ALDF will provide the funding for these externship positions.
These ALDF-funded positions continue our commitment to creating opportunities for both legal professionals and law students by advancing animal law and furthering our mission, to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.
How it Works:
ALDF will accept applications from (1) firms/attorneys who are interested in working with law externs, and (2) law students who are interested in working with animal law practitioners. After reviewing the attorney and law student candidates, ALDF will match the appropriate law students with interested attorneys for potential job placement. Once ALDF matches extern prospects with an interested attorney, the attorney/firm will be responsible for interviewing the candidates and hiring the best fit. The inaugural externship program will commence in Summer of 2008. Please note that most law students recruited for summer positions will be interviewed during the 2007 fall semester. So far, we have received requests for externs in Chicago, Ill., West Palm Beach, Fla., Bellingham, Wash., and San Francisco, Calif.
In addition to the summer externship program, ALDF will also have a limited number of paid externships during the fall and spring semesters. If you are a law student or attorney interested in taking advantage of this program during the school year, please note this on your application.
ALDF "Advancement of Animal Law" Scholarships
Introducing an exciting new opportunity for SALDF students: The Animal Legal Defense Fund "Advancement of Animal Law" Scholarships. Scholarships are available to second- and third-year law student members of our student chapters and will be awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to ALDF's mission, to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system. Applicants should be committed to the advancement of animal law through active involvement with SALDF while in law school and anticipated participation in the field after graduation.
A secondary goal of the scholarship is to ensure the recipient's chapter will maintain active and engaged leadership. Therefore, contingent upon being awarded an ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship, the recipient will commit to participating as a SALDF advisor for up to two years after graduation; this mentorship will help ensure continuity of the chapter and contribute to its ongoing vitality.
Scholarships are for one year only. However, students are eligible to apply for continued funding. Scholarships for 2Ls (and part-time students) are $2,500 and scholarships for 3Ls are $5,000.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Applicant must be a member of an active SALDF chapter.
- Students may apply in their first or second year for a scholarship to be applied during their second, third, or fourth year (part-time students also considered).
- Applicant must demonstrate outstanding commitment to animal law.
- Scholarship recipients will commit to participating as an SALDF advisor for up to two years after graduation. This will include completing bi-annual progress reports.
- Applications must be emailed (preferred method), mailed, or faxed by October 31, 2007 to:
- Scholarship recipients will be notified by December 15, 2007.
- Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a law school professor.
- Current academic transcript (unofficial is okay).
- A copy of your most recent resume.
- Provide complete answers to the following questions. There is no page limit. Answers must be typed and double spaced. Include your name, SALDF chapter, year in school, address, phone number, and email address.
1. Describe your interest in animal issues and tell us how your law school education will help you to be a better advocate for animals.
2. Describe your role within your SALDF chapter.
3. Describe any other animal law or animal protection activities and experience (academic, volunteer, activism, employment, etc.) to date.
4. ALDF's mission is to advance the lives and protect the interest of animals through the legal system. Describe how you see yourself contributing to this mission, and tell us how you will support the field of animal law after graduation.
5. How will receiving this scholarship help you to achieve your goals?
6. Recipients of the ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship are required to serve as a SALDF advisor for two years after graduation. How do you envision yourself in this role and how would you contribute to your chapter's ongoing vitality once you graduate?
7. Describe your financial need, including law school debt, other debt, and other sources of financial support, including your history of employment during law school.
Announcement - Volunteer Opportunity in Animal Law
The Brandeis Student Animal Legal Defense Fund received the following volunteer oportunity from the national ALDF organization. Please contact Brittany Ducker (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are an SALDF member interested in learning more about this opportunity.
Please see below announcement regarding a great project for SALDF chapters, in which student volunteers are needed to help with a lawsuit intended to improve conditions for farmed animals.
In the lawsuit at issue, a coalition of groups and individuals are challenging regulations issued by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture that are supposed to set standards for the humane raising, keeping, care, marketing and sale of all domestic livestock. This is a groundbreaking case because the New Jersey Legislature is the first state body to require that there even be standards for the humane care of farmed animals -- most other states simply exempt all such practices -- unfortunately the standards are woefully inadequate.
One of the issues with which we are asking for help is an exemption in the regulations for "routine" agricultural practices, which the NJDA has defined to encompass any practices "commonly" taught by veterinary schools, land grant colleges, and agricultural extensions. Although the parties have completed briefing, there is still an opportunity for amicus (or friends of the court) briefs, and a private law firm has agreed to represent several local SPCAs in filing an amicus brief that would present the court with examples of some of the practices that are actually taught by these institutions. At this point, the missing piece is that we need help compiling the curricula of these institutions with respect to certain, targeted practices. Just by way of example, some of the practices that we are talking about include "forced molting" egg laying hens -- i.e., starving them for several weeks in order to cause them to produce more eggs -- and "de-beaking" -- i.e., removing the beaks of chickens that are forced to live in extremely small, cramped cages.
To that end, we were hoping to potentially enlist SALDF volunteers throughout the country (and, hopefully, at some of the same institutions where these veterinary schools and land grant colleges are located) to do the ground work by actually finding out the curricula of these institutions -- i.e., by going to the schools, obtaining the syllabi and other course material, and determining exactly how these institutions are teaching certain practices. If there are student volunteers who express an interest in helping out with this project, I can provide a more detailed explanation of the specific information we are looking for and suggestions for how to go about doing so, but we would be relying on the students to some extent to be creative in figuring out how to obtain the information.
As far as time frame, we would love to receive information from student volunteers by mid-October, as the argument could be scheduled any time after that. Hopefully lots of students will be eager to help with a case that has enormous implications for literally billions of farmed animals!
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is offering several summer clerkship opportunities for law students. The information is further detailed below.
David Reuben Legal Clerkships
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Since 1981, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has won precedent-setting victories that have expanded legal protections for companion animals, wildlife, animals in research labs, and those in factory farming situations.