As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am on the Committee on Animals and the Law for the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”). For the past three years the Committee has held a Student Writing Competition for law students around the country. Congrats to Lesley Petersen from Brooklyn Law School for winning last year’s $1000 scholarship with her essay titled “Talkin’ Bout a Humane Revolution: New Standards for Farming Practices and How They Could Change International Trade As We Know It.” Her paper brought out several good points and I am looking forward to reading more work from this young author. Additionally, congrats to Dana Marie Pannella from Case Western University, School of Law for her second place essay regarding the negative impact of Department of Defense (“DOD”) General Order 1B (GO-1B) which prevents soldiers from adopting pets or feeding any type of domestic or wild animals. In her essay, she suggested that GO-1B be revised to allow for the adoption of stray domestic animals.
You can find my post on the 2011 competition here. I am looking forward to reading next year’s submissions. The submission deadline has been extended this year to June 30, 2011.
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