Rebecca J. Huss

Professor of Law, Emerita
Bad Newz Kennels Documents


LL.M., International and Comparative Law, U. of Iowa (1995)
J.D., University of Richmond (1992)
B.A., University of Northern Iowa (1989)

Courses Taught

Business Associations
Mergers and Acquisitions
Non Profit Organizations
Animal Law
Professional Responsibility
UCC: Sales

Representative Scholarship

Canines at the Company, Felines at the Factory: The Risks and Rewards of Incorporating Service Animals and Companion Animals into the Workplace (forthcoming 123 Dickinson L. Rev. ___ (2019)). 

Canines in the Classroom Redux: Applying the ADA or the IDEA to Determine Whether a Student Should be Allowed to be Accompanied by a Service Animal at a Primary or Secondary Educational Institution (forthcoming 35 Touro L. Rev.  ___ (2019)) (Symposium).

Hounds at the Hospital, Cats at the Clinic:  Challenges Associated with Service Animals and Animal-Assisted Interventions in Healthcare Facilities, 40 U. Hawai’i L. Rev. 53 (2018). 

Ensuring Effective Tools for a Challenging Task:  Amending the Animal Welfare Act’s Animal Fighting Venture Civil Asset Forfeiture Provision, 78 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 399 (2017)). 

Legal and Policy Issues for Classrooms with Animals, in How Animals Help Students Learn:  Research and Practice for Educators and Mental-Health Professionals (co-authored with Aubrey Fine) (2017). 

A Conundrum for Animal Activists:  Can or Should the Current Legal Classification of Certain Animals Be Utilized to Improve the Lives of All Animals?, 2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1561 (2015).

Reevaluating the Role of Companion Animals in the Era of the Aging Boomer 47 Akron L. Rev. 197 (2014). SSRN

Canines (and Cats!) in Correctional Institutions: Legal and Ethical Issues Relating to Companion Animal Programs 14 Nevada L.J. 25 (2013). SSRN

Canines on Campus:  Companion Animals at Postsecondary Educational Institutions, 77 Mo. L. Rev. 417 (2012). SSRN

The Pervasive Nature of Animal Law: How the Law Impacts the Lives of People and their Animal Companions, 43 Val. U. L. Rev. 1131 (2009). SSRN

Lessons Learned: Acting as Guardian/Special Master in the Bad Newz Kennel Case, 15 Animal L. 69 (2008). SSRN

Rescue Me:  Legislating Cooperation Between Animal Control Authorities and Rescue Organizations, 39 Conn. L. Rev. 2059 (2007). SSRN

Honors and Professional Activities

American Bar Association, TIPS, Animal Law Committee
Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award from the Animal Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section (awarded August 2011).
In connection with her role as guardian/special master of the dogs involved in Civil Action No.: 3:07CV397 (E.D. Va. 2007) (the Bad Newz Kennels case),  Professor Huss received the following awards and recognitions:
– US Department of Justice, National Asset Forfeiture Award for Outstanding Investigation or Case (awarded July 2009).
– 2008 President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency and Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence.
– 2008 Award of Excellence from the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General.