Dear Friends & Colleagues,
As we wish a fond farewell to our wonderful graduating students who contribute so meaningfully to our success, we would like to share some of the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program’s accomplishments from the Spring semester.
Our most recent work ranges from uncovering a secret USDA policy while working to promote better standards of care for primates in research facilities, to petitioning the federal Fish & Wildlife Service to provide full protection to captive Canada lynx under the Endangered Species Act, to leading collaborative international research into the link between live animal markets and zoonotic disease.
And the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled in our favor in an Endangered Species Act lawsuit that underscores the intersection between animals and climate change. 
In that case, our Animal Law & Policy Clinic filed an amicus brief on behalf of six scientists supporting a challenge to the Trump Administration’s refusal to list the Pacific walrus as “threatened” after deeply discounting the future negative impacts of global warming on Arctic sea ice.  
The brief was drafted primarily by HLS students Rebecca Garverman ’21 and Ashley Maiolatesi ’20, with support from Clinical Fellow Kate Barnekow. Rebecca was thrilled while watching the oral argument when one of the judges directly quoted a passage she had written in the brief. 
Earlier this month, our Faculty Director Kristen Stilt spoke on a panel about factory farming law as part of the Jeremy Coller Foundation’s conference Rethinking Protein: Accelerating Law and Policy in the Global Food System.
More highlights about the recent work of our faculty, staff, fellows, and students appear below.
After a challenging year of learning and teaching remotely, we want to thank our Clinic Director Katherine Meyer for maintaining such an engaging clinical experience for our students working on such a thriving docket of projects. We also would like to thank our outgoing Clinical Instructor Nicole Negowetti for the past two years helping with the Clinic’s successful launch. Nicole recently transitioned to her next chapter as the Senior Director of Policy for the Plant-Based Foods Association.
Thank you too for being part of such a vibrant and valued community during what has been an unprecedented time. Together, we will continue forge forward for animals and create a more just and compassionate world. 
Wishing you a wonderful summer!
The Animal Law & Policy Program team,