Thursday, January 22, 2009

MN Legislature: Puppy and kitten mill action alert

Please see Animal Folks MN for more info. The Agriculture Committee in the MN Senate is hearing the bill this coming Tuesday, Jan. 27th. Please contact your legislator in support of this bill (SF 7). Animal Folks MN contains lots of information about what you should say and how to go about doing it.

Upcoming PLP Feb. 2nd

Ramsey County Attorney will be presenting on "The Link" between animal abuse and domestic violence. Monday, Feb. 2nd, noon, room 123. Free lunch and pop! Perspectives PLP credit!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Summer clerkship and volunteer opportunities


Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue, education, and advocacy. We envision a world where the violence that animal agriculture inflicts upon people, animals and the environment has ended, and where instead we exercise values of compassion.

We currently seek a law clerk for the 2009 summer to work with the Director of Legal Campaigns. The law clerk will work with the Director on all aspects of Farm Sanctuary's legal campaigns. Duties are likely to include:

– researching legislation and case law and drafting memoranda to help develop novel litigation and other legal approaches to protect farm animals

– monitoring proposed legislation and regulations pertaining to farm animals, and possibly drafting comments

As this is an unpaid clerkship, Farm Sanctuary encourages prospective law clerks to arrange for public interest funding or, alternatively, course credit.

This position will be based in New Orleans, LA.

Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required. Animal law background is preferable, although not required. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, transcript, 3 references, and a short writing sample to Delcianna Winders at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


We have received a request for volunteers to assist Professor Henry Mark Holzer in a research project focused on the constitutional problems presented by the religious exemption to the federal Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act. Volunteers will assist with both legal and factual research, including a review of the law and its legislative history, the USDA's oversight of the law, a comparison to the laws of other countries and identification of livestock slaughter methods currently used in the U.S.

This project is expected to continue for a period of at least 3-5 months and will include research of a large number of related issues. Work study stipends may be available.

If you are interested in participating in this volunteer project, please send your resume to:


I am forwarding a request from Christine Dorchak of GREY2K USA. She is looking for law students to research the laws regarding greyhounds in the ten states that still allow greyhound racing. Is this something you or your SALDF chapter may want to take on as a pro bono project? If so, please contact Ms. Dorchak directly for more information. This project can be done anywhere with internet access. She hopes to have a completed memo and spreadsheet by spring 2009. See below for the project description.

Volunteer Opportunity:

GREY2K USA is a national greyhound protection group working to end dog racing nationwide. We are looking for help identifying and researching the laws, rules and regulations affecting greyhounds in each remaining racing state. Related case law would also be important to include in the final memorandum. Go to to learn more about greyhound racing and the jurisdictions in which it persists.

Interested students, please contact Christine A. Dorchak, Esq., President at

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Upcoming info session re: puppy & kitten mill bill

The informational meeting is this coming Saturday, Jan. 10th in Roseville. More info here.