Updated: July 14, 2020

Animal Law Section

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Animal law has quickly emerged as a specialty legal field in law schools (Harvard, Duke, Georgetown, Hastings, Rutgers, and the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, which publishes the Animal Law Journal). Animal-centered litigation appears more routinely on court dockets as pet owners sue to recover damages. Nationwide, legislatures debate the passage of bills addressing issues at the boundaries of human-animal relationships. In 2010 Carolina Academic Press published the fourth edition of a 780-page volume on animal law, the first casebook of its kind.

Animal law has useful applications for practitioners in many areas including landlord-tenant, criminal, wills and trusts, personal injury and tort claims, nonprofit organizations, agricultural, local government, and administrative law.

In addition to providing a forum for members to exchange ideas, study, and understand laws, regulations, and case law pertaining to all areas of animal law, initial goals of the Animal Law Section include:

  • Establishing an annual seminar and eventually a multistate MCLE animal law institute
  • Publishing an Animal Law Reporter for the Pacific Northwest or nationwide
  • Printing and distributing quarterly email or paper newsletters to section members, soliciting articles from practitioners, academics, and others
  • Producing animal law-related pamphlets for the public
  • Providing information to and facilitate cooperation with government agencies and nongovernmental humane societies, rescue organizations, and animal sanctuaries
  • Organizing brown-bag lunches and round tables to address animal law matters in a short time frame

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Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!


Below are the results of the Animal Law Section Executive Committee election. Thank you for voting!

For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Winners are listed alphabetically by position.

Secretary: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2022

Leila Arefi

At-Large Member (four positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021 

Jen Calkins

Dylan Devito

Kathryn Hall

Sara Maleki


Contact sections@wsba.org.

Executive Committee

ChairAdam Karp

Chair-Elect: Gemma Zanowski

Secretary/TreasurerSara Maleki

Immediate Past ChairWynn Kerr

Board of Governors Liaison: Paul Swegle

Young Lawyer Liaison: Vacant

Members At-Large:
Dylan DeVito
Jessica Johnson
Wynn Kerr 
Danny Waltz

Please contact subcommittee members for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

For general questions, or to request archived issues of the section newsletter, please send your inquiry to sections@wsba.org. To get involved and learn more about the Animal Law Section, please contact the section chair, Adam Karp.