What is animal law? Panel presents on career options in the practice area

(L-R): Stephen Wells, Elise Bennett, Kimberly Rubino, Annie Jed, Debbie Brown, and Dan Yuter.

(L-R): Stephen Wells, Elise Bennett, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund president Kimberly Rubino, SALDF vice president Annie Jed, Debbie Brown and Dan Yuter.

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund sponsored a panel on Careers in Animal Law on March 31. Panelists the discussed their experience, careers, and advice for students who wish to use their law degree to help animals.

Center for Biological Diversity attorney Elise Bennett J.D. ’13, Lowry Park Zoo in-house counsel Debbie Brown J.D. ’87, Animal Legal Defense Fund executive director Stephen Wells, and animal abuse prosecutor Dan Yuter J.D. ’02 presented on a range of careers available in the area of elder law.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund President Kimberly Rubino said she was inspired to organize the panel to help illustrate the many facets of animal law, a relatively new area of law.

“Every time I am asked what type of law I would like to practice, and I say animal law, I get the same confused stare because most people don’t realize animal law is a practice area,” said Rubino. “I wanted to show students and members of the public how a law degree can be used to help animals, and I thought the best way to do that was to show how helping animals can intersect with so many different areas of law. If more people dedicated even a small amount of their time to helping animals, or learning about the different ways to help, it would significantly change the lives of so many animals who need people to look out for them. “