FSU SALDF Wins Chapter of the Year Award

Press Date
October 8, 2021
SALDF Officers

(L-R) SALDF 2020-2021 President Catherine Awasthi, Vice President Mallory Lizana,
and Treasurer Hope Johnson during a pet supplies drive last year where
SALDF collected food and supplies for the Leon County Humane Society.

FSU Law’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) has been named a 2021 Student Chapter of the Year by the national Animal Legal Defense Fund. SALDF was selected for the honor following a year of many achievements, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. SALDF students created an advanced animal law course available to students for the first time during the spring 2021 semester. Chapter officers secured an expert adjunct professor for the course, created a skills-training-based schedule for real-world experience in animal law, and solicited passionate students who could benefit from practical training in animal law litigation, legislation, and policy. In addition, SALDF assisted Pets Ad Litem Tallahassee with research and writing projects on a pro bono basis, organized a pet food and supply drive remotely to benefit the local humane society—collecting 250 pounds of pet food and many supplies, and hosted several speakers on timely animal law-related topics. SALDF also promoted wellness and student engagement through outdoor, socially distanced events on campus, including an event for dogs to paint art and a “Dogtorate” and “Purris Doctorate” ceremony to celebrate graduating members and their companion animals.


Published on October 8, 2021