Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is a nationally recognized organization whose primary goal is to improve the welfare of animals through the legal system.

This year the Valparsaiso University School of Law SALDF will be focusing on current litigation involving animals as well as urging the passing of bills regarding advances in animal protection. We will begin this year by contacting Congressmen Viclosky to discuss tougher dogfighting laws. The club will also be working to support the “First Strike and You’re Out law” in Indiana, which will prevent those who are convicted of animal abuse crimes from owning animals following their convictions.

The club will have the opportunity to hear from those who have worked in the animal law field and gain valuable insight into what it takes to have a focus in animal law. SALDF will be working with and supporting local animal shelters to raise awareness about homeless pets through various fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. In October, four of the members will be attending an animal law conference in Portland, Oregon, where they will be able to bring back valuable information on how to build a career in animal law after law school.

For more information about joining SALDF please contact Heather MacKinnon at

SALDF Executive Board:

President: Heather MacKinnon

Vice President: Sandy Corum

Treasurer: Erica Vicsek

Secretary: Emily Pattison

SALDF Exec Board:

(Left to right) Emily, Sandy, Erica, Heather

Volunteer Opportunites:

SALDF volunteers with the Kibble Kitchen once a month

The Kibble Kitchen helps provide free pet food to families facing financial problems. This keeps animals out of shelters and with their families.

Kibble Kitchen Volunteers, Kibble Kitchen Open House (October 15th, 2011)

Past Events:
Changing the Lives of Animals Through the Law: Tammy Somers and Victoria Beasley

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 5 pm

Location: Uptown Cafe;

1400 E. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Uptown will be catering food; vegatrian options will be offered

About the speakers:
Tammy Somers currently works at Office of the Indiana Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division and has worked in other areas of the law.  She has worked to shut down two puppy mills through the Attorney General, saving over 350 dogs and several horses. Victoria Beasley works at Lake County Animal Control has dealt with hoarding cases and broken up several dog fighting rings.

Purpose of the Event:
Students will be able to get an insight into jobs in the animal law field. They will also hear about legislation that Tammy has had a part of eg. State v. Tammy Gilchrist (puppy mill case).

Students will learn from Victoria Beasley the importance of 1) donating and supporting shelters, 2) pushing/promoting laws on animal crimes and animal criminals 3) spaying and neutering and 4) adopting and not shopping.