Animal Law Policy Initiative

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

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SALDF is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system.  SALDF is dedicated to the goals of educating the law school and surrounding community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse, and engaging in projects that combat that abuse.  SALDF is equally

Julie Roin

Seymour Logan Professor of Law

Julie Roin left the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law, to join the Law School faculty in 1998. She became the Seymour Logan Professor of Law at Chicago in 2002.

Jeff Leslie

Director of Clinical and Experiential Learning, Clinical Professor of Law, Paul J. Tierney Director of the Housing Initiative, and Faculty Director of Curriculum

Jeff Leslie graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School and clerked for Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before joining the Law School, he was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Chicago Department of Law, where he worked on affordable housing and economic development transactions. He is the Paul J.

Martha Nussbaum

Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics

Martha Nussbaum received her BA from NYU and her MA and PhD from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, and Oxford University. From 1986 to 1993, Nussbaum was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University.

Christine Korsgaard, "Interacting with Animals: A Kantian Account"

Christine Korsgaard is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. This talk, the 2008 Dewey Lecture in Law and Philosophy, was recorded November 5, 2008, as part of Animal Law Week, sponsored by the McCormick Companions' Fund.

Panel: "Advocating for Animals"

This panel, featuring Pamela Alexander (Director, Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund),  Jordan Matyas (State Director, Illinois, Humane Society of the United States), and Delci Winders (Associate at Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal) was recorded November 5, 2008, as part of Animal Law Week.

69:09 minutes (63.31 MB)

John Goodwin and Tio Hardiman, "Combating Animal Fighting"


  • John Goodwin, Manager, Animal Fighting Issues, Humane Society of the United States
  • Tio Hardiman, Special Consultant, HSUS National Campaign to End Dog Fighting

This talk was recorded November 3, 2008 as part of the University of Chicago Law School's Animal Law Week, sponsored by CLAWS, SALDF, and the McCormick Companion Animal Fund.

55:01 minutes (50.37 MB)

Paul Shapiro and Pamela Martin: "Animal Farms: The Animal Welfare and Environmental Effects of Factory Farming"

Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of the factory farming campaign at the Humane Society of the United States, and Dr. Pam Martin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago and co-author of "Diet, Energy, and Global Warming," discuss the animal welfare and global environmental effects of factory farming.

69:09 minutes (63.31 MB)

Fred Roth: "Animal Farms: CAFOS Litigation Strategies"

Fred Roth is an Illinois attorney who has litigated against concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOS) developers and operators. In this talk, recorded on May 22, 2008, he discusses CAFO litigation strategies. This talk was part 2 of a series sponsored by CLAWS and the Environmental Law Society.

63:26 minutes (58.07 MB)
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