Professor Joan E. Schaffner Wins ABA Animal Law Award


Dick Semerdijan and Rebecca Huss present Professor Schaffner with the "Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award."

The Animal Law Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) presented the "Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award" to Professor Joan E. Schaffner at the ABA Annual Meeting in August. The award recognizes her commitment and leadership in advancing humane animal treatment through the law.

At GW Law, Professor Schaffner directs the Animal Law Program, which includes the Animal Welfare Project, seminars in animal law, and a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.  She coordinates the Animal Law Lawyering Project, which provides students with outside placements in the animal law field. She has also written several books on the topic of how animal issues relate to the law.

"Professor Schaffner works tirelessly to advance the interests of animals and the humans who care for them in a variety of ways, including her long history of work with the Animal Law Committee," said TIPS Animal Law Committee Chair Rebecca J. Huss during the ceremony. "She inspires many of us in the animal law field, both law students and lawyers alike, and we are honored to present her with this award."

In addition to her work in Animal Law, Professor Schaffner also teaches Civil Procedure, Remedies, Sexuality and the Law. She is the faculty advisor to Lambda Law, the GLBT student organization at GW, and is faculty advisor and editor-in-chief of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal.

Learn more about Professor Joan Schaffner.