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Is an Animal a Legal Person?

Video of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Open Program on "Debating Animals as Legal Persons" is now available to watch online. This session, held on January 5, 2008 as part of the AALS annual conference, explored the legal and normative bases for personhood and why nonhuman animals have been excluded from its ambit.

The guest panelists included: (Chair) Joan Schaffner, associate professor of law, George Washington University Law School; (Moderator) Katherine Hessler, professor and director of Lewis & Clark Law School's Animal Law Clinic; (Panelists) Taimie Bryant, professor of law, UCLA Law School; David Cassuto, associate professor of law, Pace Law School; David Favre, professor of law, Michigan State University Law School; and Steven Wise, adjunct professor of law, Vermont Law School, St. Thomas University School of Law.

As a result of this Open Program and the efforts and support of the panelists, the Animal Law Section was formally adopted by the AALS Executive Committee in June 2008.




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