Meeting notes: September 3, 2009

posted Sep 3, 2009, 6:40 PM by Michelle Lee   [ updated Sep 3, 2009, 6:41 PM ]
Hello! Thanks to all who came to the meeting.  If you weren't able to, don't despair.  There are many ways to get involved!  See our meeting notes below for details.  They will also be posted to our website for future reference.

Interesting tip of the week: the Oakland animal shelter is a kill shelter. The Berkeley animal shelter is no-kill.  It is best if any stray animals you find were found in Berkeley.


SALDF Secretary

September 3, 2009

In attendance:  David and Matt (co-presidents), Michelle (secretary), Kelly, Nell, John, Liling, Danny, Laurel.

1.  Introduction
2.  Vegan Eating Club
3.  Animal Place field trip
4.  Animal Litigation Research!
5.  Food, Inc. Screening
6.  Speaker
7.  Animal Law Conference in Portland, Oregon: October 16-18.
8.  Animal Law moot court


1.  Dave gave an intro to the Animal Legal Defense Fund.  

2.  Vegan Eating Club
- Danny Kramer proposes a vegan eating club
- members would gather together, cook vegan food, and eat it!
- this is a club for eating vegan food that everybody is welcome to join (non-vegans welcome.)
- probably gather at people's houses (for funding purposes, those houses should be within 2 miles of campus)
- a way to enjoy food and escape pressure, such as OCIP
- there was general interest and many people offered their homes as possible venues
- stay tuned for more news!

- Danny to find out about getting funding from the Graduate Assembly
- Matt to follow up with Allison about funding situation.

3.  Animal Place field trip
- a day trip to Animal Place in Vacaville, a sanctuary for farm animals
- tentative date of Cctober 31st was decided on
- tour, vegan lunch, and then a few hours of volunteer work
- we would be home by 4 or 5

- Michelle will follow up with Animal Place.

4.  Animal Litigation Research!
- we are in the process of setting up a pro bono student project to do research supporting animal protection litigation
- current tasks: building relationships with animal law organizations that might want some research help
- we would also want to include in this program opportunities to attend hearings, depositions, arguments that our attorney supervisors are working on
- we would pair 1Ls with 2Ls and 3Ls so that we could be research buddies
- great opportunity to get real legal research experience, learn from other students, participate in some animal protection work, meet some animal lawyers!

If you are interested in joining the committee to get this up and running, email

5.  Food, Inc. Screening
- hoping to screen this movie in early November
- more news to come.

6. Speaker
- hoping to get a speaker to talk about the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, e.g. lawyer from Center for Constitutional Rights
- more news to come

Michelle to contact National Lawyers' Guild and see if they would like to co-sponsor.

7. Animal Law Conference, Portland, October 16-18
It will be great!
We are applying for a travel grant.  If you want to come, some of your expenses could be subsidized. I'm going! Tell me if you want to go too!

8. Animal Law moot court
There's a competition every February at Harvard.  Last year Gina and Charlie won best brief.  If you want to go, we might be able to support a team.