We’re pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Animal Law Writing Contest, a program designed to encourage law students to discuss and debate legal issues related to animals and animal law.
Jointly sponsored by the AVMA, the American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers’ Association, and Animal Health Institute, this contest sought law students currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited school to write an original, in-depth constitutional analysis on one of two topics: the Los Angeles County ordinance requiring all cats and dogs to be spayed or neutered after a certain age; or the City of Chicago’s proposal to only sell dogs, cats, or rabbits that retailers have obtained from animal control centers, animal care facilities, or government-operated shelters, humane societies, and rescue organizations.
The essays were evaluated by a panel of judges (all lawyers and law professors not associated with the sponsors) who selected winners based on legal analysis and scholarship. Out of several entries, first place was awarded to Christopher Moores of the University of California School of Law for his analysis entitled: “The Puppy Prohibition Period: The Constitutionality of Chicago’s War on Animal Mills,” while second place was taken by Kristina Rozan of the Maine School of Law for her piece, “The Unconstitutionality of the County of Los Angeles Mandatory Spaying and Neutering Law.” The first place winner was awarded a $2500 cash prize along with a paid trip to the upcoming AVMA Convention in Boston, and the second place winner took home a $1000 cash prize.
“I am honored to receive this recognition from the AVMA,” Moores said. “Animal law is an interesting and growing field, and I appreciated the opportunity to use my legal education to analyze a key issue in this area.”
The AVMA and the contest’s co-sponsors congratulate Christopher and Kristina on their achievements and applaud their efforts to further the analysis of legal issues related to the veterinary profession.