Third Panel: Keeping Pets and Families Together in Emergencies
is a popular lecturer nationwide who uses examples from his career as general counsel for animal rights organizations to illustrate animal welfare and other animal-related laws. Russ has served as General Counsel for two of the best-known animal sanctuaries: Best Friends Animal Society, and Farm Sanctuary; and served as Farm Sanctuary’s interim Executive Director.
Russ is the Shared Earth Foundation Visiting Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. Russ has authored two academic text books. "Nonprofit Animal Law" and "Farm Animal Law".
Russ also has experience implementing and managing large scale animal rescues, including during hurricane Katrina. He has been involved in animal hoarding cases, each involving hundreds of animals.
Russ’ legislative advocacy work includes grass roots organizing, lobbying, and media promotion.
In private practice Russ has represented animal nonprofits in tax matters, intellectual property disputes, employment issues, fundraising compliance, and nonprofit formation.
On a personal level, Russ raises awareness of animals by attempting to capture their spirit in ink wash paintings.
Russ holds a JD from St. Louis University School of Law, an MBA from Lindenwood College, and a BS in Accounting from Arizona State University, and earned a CPA license.
Captain Cindy Machado, CAWA
Director of Animal Services, Marin Humane
Moderator: Tara Cooley
This is Tara’s first year acting as a SALDF Chair. In her 1L year she served as a SALDF 1L representative. Tara is a Dean’s Scholar and Public Interest Scholar. She will serve as the Executive Articles Editor for the 2018-19 GGU Law Review Board. This year Tara assisted in organizing SALDF events on GGU’s campus during ALDF’s Speak Out for Farmed Animals Week and ALDF’s National Justice for Animals Week including a student trip to the Animal Place, a farm animal sanctuary in CA. Tara is known among GGU students for her homemade, vegan chocolate chip cookies.