Pamela Frasch is the associate dean of the Animal Law Program, founder and executive director of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon USA. CALS is the world’s largest and oldest academic center for animal law teaching, scholarship, and advocacy, and is the only program to offer an advanced Animal Law LL.M. degree.
Previously, Pamela served as general counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a national non-profit animal protection law organization that seeks to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. In 1996, Pamela created the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Program which has since assisted law enforcement and animal advocates in investigating and prosecuting thousands of animal abuse and neglect cases nationwide.
In addition to her duties with CALS, Pamela is co-author of the premier American legal casebook in the field, Animal Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press, 6th edition forthcoming 2019) used in many animal law courses being taught in the United States. She is also co-author (along with Kathy Hessler and Sonia Waisman) of Animal Law in a Nutshell (Thomson West, 2nd Edition, 2016). She has taught survey and advanced courses in animal law at Lewis & Clark Law School since 1998. She has also taught animal law courses at the University of Oregon Law School and in the Portland State University school of business.
Pamela is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on issues of animal law and is the principal author of Oregon’s first felony anti-cruelty law. She has authored or co-authored a number of articles and book chapters in the field, and has been recognized by the Humane Society of the United States and the Oregon Humane Society for her contributions. She is also the inaugural recipient of the American Association of Law School’s Award: “Excellence in Animal Law: Scholarship-Teaching-Service.”
Pamela is a member of the California and Oregon State Bars, and is admitted to practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.