Monday, October 27, 2008
Congratulations to Pace Law School Professors David N. Cassuto and Luis Chiesa as well as Pace law student Suzanne McMillan, who recently launched Animal Blawg. As they note in their introductory post on the blog:
"This blog's scope is intended to be braod, encompassing both legal issues affecting animals and legal issues reflecting animals' situations. It purports to examine current case law and statutes, as well as the ethical and jurisprudential issues arising from how animals are treated in one of any number of situations. Thus, it presents not only substantive information, but also food for thought."
That post also addresses the topicality of this new blog by noting that:
"Animal law in the United States has grown over the last couple of decades from a virtual unknown to being one of the faster-growing areas of legal scholarship and practice. It is now being offered on the menu of every Ivy League law school in the nation. Judges increasingly find themselves presiding over cases involving issues of animal treatment, and demand is rising for lawyers who handle such cases. Increasingly, animal law is taken seriously in the professional world, making it ever more important for law students and practitioners to familiarize themselves with its basics and stay abreast of its developments."
I have found these observations to be accurate, with animal law presentations being heavily attended both at my previous job at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York and my current job at the John Marshall Law School (Indeed, to toot my own law school's horn, JMLS students recently finished 1st and 2nd at the Animal Law Advocacy Closing Argument Competition at Harvard Law School). And it would seem that if you want intelligent writing about animal law, Animal Blawg would be the place to get it. Professor Chiesa has a forthcoming article entitled Why is it a Crime to Stomp on a Goldfish, and Professor Cassuto co-edited Animal Law and the Courts, wrote the chapter Animal Sacrifice and the First Amendment for that book, and wrote the article Bred Meat: The Cultural Foundation of the Factory Farm .
The blog already contains several interesting posts, including one about California's controversial Proposition 2, and I am sure that several more interesting posts will follow.