About DU's Animal Law Program

The DU Animal Law Program is the only animal law program in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States. By collaborating with other programs across the country, and local and national attorneys, we seek to educate the next generation of attorneys who want to protect the interests and well-being of non-human animals. We provide educational and hands-on opportunities to engage with the legal and moral issues surrounding the use of animals for food, entertainment, experimentation, and fashion.

Formally launched in 2021, the DU Animal Law Program is founded on a commitment to three ideals. First, the law does not adequately protect the lives, interests, and needs of animals. Despite a growing body of work documenting the sentience, cognition, and autonomy of animals, non-humans are routinely killed or harmed unnecessarily. Second, we believe that attorneys and the law have an important role to play in protecting animals and facilitating a pro-animal social change agenda. Third, we believe academics and research should create space to challenge all our assumptions about society and the law’s intersection with animals. The creation and dissemination of quality research should catalyze changes in law and policy in the service of protecting animals. 


The DU Animal Law Program is committed to educating the next generation of animal law advocates, and in turn, for those advocates to enhance animal welfare in the United States and around the world for generations to come

University of Denver Animal Legal Defense Fund

DU also has a robust Student Chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. It educates the DU community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse, understands how the law can be used to combat animal abuse, and supports the larger Denver community in its efforts to improve animal welfare.

For more information see  DU ALDF

Student Group

Media & Press

  • An Evolving Topic Podcast

    Humans are animals—animals with rights. So what kinds of rights do non-human animals deserve? The right to liberty? The right to nurse their young? The right to socialize?

    In this podcast, animal rights experts Sarah Schindler and Steve Wise are interviewed about chimps, cats, and personhood. They discuss common law, Jurassic Park, Ancient Rome, Woolly mammoths, and the Animal Welfare Act of 1966. 

    Listen Here

  • University of Denver Magazine Articles

    Animal Law Program

    At DU’s Sturm College of Law, a new program trains a lens on animal rights.

    Read Here

    Philip Tedeschi

    After years of service to the DU and Denver communities, Philip Tedeschi's companion and coworker, Samara, is retiring. Over the years, she’s helped build bridges with people experiencing homelessness, and she’s created a safe space for people recovering from trauma.

    Read Here


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