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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2012

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MSU Law Professor Favre Named Lifetime Member of Abolitionist Institute for Animals

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law Professor David Favre received the title of Lifetime Member of the Abolitionist Institute for Animals (IAA) at the World Congress on Bioethics and Animal Rights.

Convened by the IAA in partnership with the Federal University of Pernambuco and Federal University of Bahai, the third annual Congress featured scholars and activists from around the world. The Congress was held in Recife, Brazil, on August 22 through 25, 2012.

Also recognized for their contributions were Pace University School of Law Professor David Cassuto and Professor of Law Steve Wise. The special panel and ceremony awarded Professors Favre, Cassuto, and Wise the title of lifetime member in honor of their important work in the struggle for animal rights.

Animal Law Anniversary photo

“I am very pleased to have my work acknowledged by the most legally sophisticated animal law group in South America,” said Professor Favre. “I hope to continue to share ideas with them and learn about the Brazilian legal system.”

Professor Favre, named the Nancy Heathcote Professor of Property and Animal Law at MSU College of Law, has been a member of the MSU Law faculty since 1976. He has written numerous articles and several books dealing with animal issues, including Animal Law and Dog Behavior; Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights; and International Trade in Endangered Species. Professor Favre is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Animal Law, the second legal journal on animal law established in North America, and one of the only three in existence dedicated to the specialized topic. He is a national officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and of the ABA Animal Law Committee. In 2010 he was awarded the 2010 recipient of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) “Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award.” He served as interim dean of the Law College from 1993 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2000. In addition to Animal Law, Professor Favre teaches International Environmental Law, Property, and Wildlife Law. MSU Law’s Animal Legal & Historical Center, which Favre spearheads, celebrated its 10th anniversary in August 2012.

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. Michigan State Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education, and is 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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