On March 2, 2013, Golden Gate University's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund hosted the first-of-its-kind student run animal law conference. 


Wayne Pacelle speaks on equine abuse.

Wayne Pacelle speaks on equine abuse.

Event Summary

The Symposium consisted of 8 panels each presented by a different California law school SALDF chapter.  Attendees included attorneys, law students. and nonprofit leaders from our state. The event began with a buffet breakfast and welcoming remarks provided by GGU Dean, Rache Van Cleave, and well-known animal lawyer, Bruce Wagman. Humane Society of the United States CEO and President, Wayne Pacelle, presented a moving keynote during the buffet luncheon. The evening reception closed the event with finger foods and wine.  

Various topics for the panels included Constitutional Preemption, a Debate Over Tort Damages for Pets, Humans as Guardians Instead of Owners, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Breed-Specific Legislation, The Intersection of Consumer Protection Law and Animal Law, and Prosecuting Animal Cruelty Cases. 

The event proved to be successful and inspired many people, including other law school SALDF chapters across the country who now plan to hold their own regional conferences. 


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

2013 Event Program

For specific information about the 2013 California Animal Law Symposium's speakers and panels, please see our CALS program here.


Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Participating SALDF Chapters

Golden Gate University, School of Law

Berkeley Law School

UC Hastings College of the Law

University of San Francisco

Santa Clara University

California Western School of Law

Stanford University