Law, Animals, and Professors

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Tagore Trajano

In early September, I arrived in the U.S again with a new goal, “… pass through the bridge between being a student and being an international Professor”.

At a good teaching university, a professor is expected to be formal, and faraway from his students. However, I had learned that being a good University Professor is to be ready to share the opportunities, and show for his students that all of them have a great path in their lives.

This is one of the lessons that you can pick from David Cassuto’s Law Classes.

Last December 09, 2013, we had the last class of the whole semester where we debated weighty topics from “What’s in an Animal?” to “Animal Rights – some legal and Ethical Considerations”. There, Professor Cassuto well explained the Animal Law process in the U.S, and gave for his students some life’s tips to advocate for a cause.

Perhaps, you could ask me, what kind of instructions he delivered to his students in class? A Professor needs to follow educational model to be recognized. In some important way, I may answer your question with an American writer – Henry Thoreau: “Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”

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Students such as: Maeve, Nicole, Anne, Megan, and Gina as well as Olivia, Anika, Angelique, Andrea, Nancy, Kendall, Rafael, and Ellen understood that sometimes they need to learn something from their own, and see that their questions and feelings are the same as some of the others.

They interacted to different approach of the several manners and without any “someone’s intimidation” could talk and discuss their thoughts, and opinions. Professor and students created a safe atmosphere to interact in time of crisis of individual beliefs. As we could listen in class: “Law is the web of communication and shared expectations that enable human interaction, my folks”.

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Like so, as I said in the beginning I come here to make my pass, and on my way I comprehend within class that:

Nothing you can know that isn’t known
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy…

John Lennon

Or in other Cassuto’s words for saying:

Go, choose your path, choose your frame, take a picture, enjoy the view, trust in yourself, and if you need some help, just let me know…

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And I would agree lightning never strikes twice,

In my second time in the U.S; I discovered I was definitely wrong!

Tagore Trajano is Pace Law School Postdoc, Ph.D Law Professor, and Brazilian Lawyer in Salvador/Bahia. President of Animal Abolitionist Institute.

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