Megan Senatori is the strategic initiatives and outreach advisor to the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School. She is also a civil litigator in private practice with more than 17 years of experience in a wide variety of cases, including animal law. She served as co-author of an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of a group of 43 law professors from across the country to argue that preventing animal cruelty is a compelling governmental interest to be respected by the court in the case of United States v. Stevens. She is a past recipient of the pro bono animal law award from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Megan is a frequent author, lecturer and speaker on animal protection issues. She taught the first ever animal law course at the University of Wisconsin Law School (with CALS’ Pamela Hart) in 2003, which she taught bi-annually through 2012. She also taught the first ever animal law course at Marquette University Law School in 2005, which she taught bi-annually through 2013. She routinely presents to veterinarians, law enforcement, and humane officers regarding animal protection issues, including teaching the annual Wisconsin Humane Officer Certification Program for the State of Wisconsin for the more than a decade. She has written several published law journal articles on animal law, including: The Second Revolution: The Diverging Paths Of Animal Activism and Environmental Law and The Future Of Animal Law: Moving Beyond Preaching To The Choir (with CALS’ Associate Dean Pamela Frasch).
Megan has a particular passion, interest and extensive experience working on the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. She is Co-Founder and President of Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims (SAAV) a non-profit organization that she co-founded in law school with Pam Hart in 2001 (saavprogram.org). SAAV is dedicated to ending the cycle of abuse within families. SAAV plays a unique role in this fight by recognizing animals as vital family members and arranging for their safe harbor when a domestic abuse victim seeks refuge from an abuser. Megan has been featured for her work in O Magazine and a variety of other publications. She was recently a featured presenter on the link in Vancouver at a joint meeting of the American Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association.