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Associate Fellow receives ALDF Award

6th April 2009

Associate Fellow, Akisha Townsend, was recently one of two law students in North America honoured with an Advancement in Animal Law Scholarship from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). The award was based on her outstanding commitment to ALDF’s mission, “to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system”.

Akisha is a Juris Doctor Candidate at Georgetown University Law Center. She currently serves as the Law Student Vice-Chair for the for the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee within the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, an Associate Editor for the Michigan State University Journal of Animal Law, and president-elect of her school’s chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. While in law school, she has worked in the litigation departments of Compassion Over Killing and the Humane Society of the United States. Upon graduation, she will serve as a SALDF advisor, mentoring law students dedicated to the advancement of animal protection.

Commenting on her award, Akisha said: “I have always admired ALDF’s pioneering work of protecting animals through the legal system, and am fortunate to receive its support. It is truly an honour to be recognized in this way”.