Animal Welfare and Environmentalism: Strategies for Cross-Movement Activism


Joyce Tischler, Founder and General Counsel

The Animal Legal Defense Fund

As one of the co-founders of the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 1979, California attorney Joyce Tischler has helped shape the emerging field of animal law. Joyce litigated some of the Animal Legal Defense Fund's earliest cases, including a 1981 lawsuit that halted the U.S. Navy's plan to kill 5,000 feral burros, and a 1988 challenge to the U.S. Patent Office's rule allowing the patenting of genetically altered animals. Joyce has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad, teaches an introduction to animal law course, developed the first-ever farmed animal law and policy class, and is currently co-authoring two books related to animal law issues. Her law review articles include: The History of Animal Law, Part II (1985- 2011), 5 Stan. J. Animal L. & Pol’y 27 (2012),   and The History of Animal Law, Part I (1972-1987), 1 Stan. J. Animal L. & Pol’y 1 (2008), . She is a Recipient of the American Bar Association TIPS Animal Law Committee’s Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award. Joyce was the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Executive Director for 25 years and now serves as the agency's general counsel.