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MSU Law’s Animal Legal & Historical Center Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

East Lansing, MI — The Michigan State University College of Law Animal Legal & Historical Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.

The center, which is available at, is the world’s largest online library of animal law information and resources. David Favre, the Nancy Heathcote Professor of Property and Animal Law, spearheads the project. The site was established in August 2002 to provide the general public and the press with easier access to primary legal materials about animals.

“We believe the website is a valuable tool to help the public sort out all types of legal issues involving animals,” Professor Favre said.

Animal Law Anniversary photo

The Animal Legal & Historical Center is compiled and edited by dozens of legal professionals around the globe to create a comprehensive resource on each and every topic of animal law. The web-based library of legal and policy materials includes 1,100 different court cases with interpretations, expert explanations of animal law topics, and a historical perspective on the fast-growing field of law. The center receives an average of 5,000 unique visitors per day and 1.4 million visitors each year.

“Even after ten years of work, there always is more that can be done,” Professor Favre said. “We look forward to the Animal Legal & Historical Center continuing to grow in size and use for another ten years.”

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world's problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


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