Committee on Animals and the Law: Student Writing Competition Winners

Winners

2019
First place – Amanda McAree, student at George Washington University Law School.  McAree received $1,000 for her winning paper entitled “Local Ballot Initiative: Sowing the Seeds to Free the Sow from her Cage.” 

Second place – Caitlin M. Ens, student at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.  Ens received $500 for her winning paper entitled “Finding a Middle Ground: Can We Maximize the Welfare of Captive Animals Without Abolishing Zoos and Aquariums?” 

Third place – Brennan Foy, student at University of Tennessee College of Law.  Foy received a certificate of recognition for his paper entitled “Animal Welfare and India’s Constitution: A Blueprint for the United States and the World.” 


2018
First place – Katherine E. Wenner, student at Wake Forest University School of Law.  Wenner received $1,000 for her winning paper entitled “Pulling the Wool Over Our Eyes: How Inconsistent and Misleading Voluntary Animal Welfare Food Labels are Failing Consumers and Animals.” 

Second place – Alexandra Monson, student at Emory University School of Law.  Monson received $500 for her winning paper entitled “A Case for Animal Welfare Act (AWA) Regulation of Captive Hunt Facilities.” 

Third place – Mahalia Kahsay, student at University of Michigan.  Kahsay received a certificate of recognition for her paper entitled “Steaks, Syringes, and Silence: How Freedom of Speech and Expression Restrictions Keep Animal Abuses Hidden and Stifle Animal Welfare Activism in Europe and the United States.”.


2017
First place – Allison K. Athens, student at University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  Athens received $1,000 for her winning paper entitled “Stepping up for Horses: In the Absence of Strong Federal Regulations, Can California End Institutionalized Abuse?” 

Second place – Ann Linder, student of Stanford law School.  Linder received $500 for her winning paper entitled “The Black Man’s Dog: The Social Context of Breed Specific Legislation.” 


2016
First place – Laura Beth Jackson
, student at Emory University School of Law.  Jackson received $1,000 for her winning paper entitled “Giant Injustice: The Illegality of Elephants in Captivity.”

Second place – Erin Brady, student at University of Texas School of Law.  Brady received $500 for her winning paper entitled “Fearsome and Fragile: The Paradox Challenging Shark Conservation Law.”


2015
First place – Ann Linder, student at Stanford Law School. Linder received $1,000 for her winning paper entitled “Mens Rea and McKittrick: The Unraveling of the Endangered Species Act.”

Second place – Sarah Lukas, student at Southern Illinois University School of Law.  Lukas received $500.for her winning paper entitled “Punish the Deed, Not the Breed.”


2014
First place – Alison Jane Trejo, student at Nova Southeastern University Broad Law Center. Trejo received $1,000 for her winning paper entitled “Killer Soup: The Brutality of Shark Finning and the Wildly Profitable Shark Fin Industry.”

Second place – Heidi Mehaffey, student at Nova Southeastern University Broad Law Center.  Mehaffey received $500  for her winning paper entitled “A Comparative Analysis of United States and European Farming Standards: How the U.S. Grossly Disregards the Quality of Life of Farm Pigs and the Need for Amended USDA Federal Guidelines.” 


2013
First place – Kristina Fretwell
, student at California Western School of Law, expected graduation December 2013.  Fretwell received $1,000 for her winning paper entitled “Death by Dog Food: A Critical Examination of Pet Food Regulation in the United States.”  

Second place – Larissa Liebmann, May 2013 graduate of the American University Washington College of Law.  Liebmann received $500 for her winning paper entitled “Fraud And First Amendment Protections Of False Speech: How U.S. V. Alvarez Impacts Constitutional Challenges To Ag-Gag Laws.”


2012
First place – Nicole Pakiz
, student at Vermont Law School, graduation expected in 2012.  Pakiz received $1,000 for her winning paper entitled “Why The ALI Should Redraft The Animal-Cruelty Provision Of The Model Penal Code.”

Second place – Caitlin Giaimo, student at Columbia Law School, expected graduation in May 2013.  Giaimo received $500 for her winning paper entitled “Caged Speech: The Agricultural Industry’s Gag Legislation And Its Implications For Investigative Journalism.”


2011
First place – Véronique Jarrell-King
, student at Vermont Law School, graduation expected in 2012.   Jarrell-King received $1,000 for her winning paper entitled “Wildlife, Water Quality And The Public Trust Doctrine: A Means Of Enforcing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plans.”

Second place – Tabitha Nicole Mitchell, student at University of Maryland School of Law, graduation expected in 2011.  Mitchell received $500 for her winning paper entitled “Cage-Free, Free-Range, Organic? Why Animal Welfare Depends On A New Government Labeling Scheme.”


2010
First place – Lesley Peterson
, student at Brooklyn Law School, graduation expected in 2011.  Peterson received $1,000 for her winning paper entitled “Talkin’ Bout A Humane Revolution:  New Standards For Farming Practices And How They Could Change International Trade As We Know It.”

Second place – Dana Marie Pannella,  student at Case Western University School of Law, graduation expected in 2011.  Pannella received $500 for her winning paper entitled “Animals Are Property: The Violation of Soldiers’ Rights to Strays in Iraq.”


2009
First place – Allison L. Westfahl Kong, student at New York University Law School, graduation expected in 2010.  Kong received $1,000 for her winning paper entitled “Improving the Protection of Species Endangered in the United States by Means of a Revision of the Distinct Population Segment (DPS) Policy.”

Second place – Andra Waniek, recent graduate of Brooklyn Law School.  Waniek received $500 for her winning  paper entitled “Protecting Woman’s Best Friend from Family Violence: Proposal for a Model Statute Including Animals in Protective Orders.”


2008
First place – Laurel McNeill, student at Hofstra University School of Law, graduation expected in 2010.  McNeill received $500 for her winning paper entitled “Giant Steps: The African Elephant and the United States’ Effect on The Survival of The Species.”  

Second place – Rachel Wechsler, student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, graduation expected in 2009.  Wechsler received a certificate of recognition for her paper entitled “Blood on the Hands of the Federal Government: Affirmative Steps It Has Taken That Promote Animal Cruelty.”

Third place – Deborah Dubow Press, student at Cornell Law School, graduation expected in 2009.  Press received a certificate of recognition for her paper.