I’m in Boston — well, Cambridge actually — at a cute little law school tucked away in a modest, unassuming university they have up here. This year marks my seventh consecutive year judging the annual Animal Law Moot Court Competition, an event staged by Lewis & Clark’s Center for Animal Law Studies in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
This year’s problem deals with the tangle of laws implicated in wild horse roundups, focusing specifically on the Wild Free-Roaming Horses & Burros Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It’s an intricate and intriguing issue, both in the ficitonal scenario and in real life. You can read the competitors’ briefs here.
The final rounds are tomorrow so I have no winners to announce. However, I can say that each year that I have judged this competition (and I have judged them all), the quality of the advocacy and the commitment and interest among student competitors has surpassed its already very high level.
The future of animal law is in very good hands. And there are a lot of those hands.
We move ever forward, into the breach.
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