BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL STUDENT WINS STUDENT WRITING
COMPETITION SPONSORED BY STATE BAR’S COMMITTEE ON ANIMALS AND THE
Case Western Law Student earns second-place
ALBANY--The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on
Animals and the Law has awarded Brooklyn Law School student Lesley
Peterson the first-place award in its third annual Student Writing
Competition. Her paper entitled, “Talkin' Bout A Humane
Revolution: New Standards For Farming Practices And How They Could
Change International Trade As We Know It” explores whether new
animal welfare standards, such as California's recent Proposition 2,
have the potential to conflict with the World Trade Organization's
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which reduces trade
barriers for goods. Peterson received $1,000 for her winning
The committee awarded its second-place award to Dana Marie Pannella,
a Case Western University School of Law student. Pannella's article
examines the negative impact of Department of Defense General Order 1B
(GO-1B), which prevents soldiers from “[a]dopting as pets or
mascots, caring for, or feeding any type of domestic or wild
animal,” and how the order conflicts with property law and public
policy. She proposes that GO-1B be revised to allow the adoption of
stray domestic animals. She received $500 for her essay.
"The quality and depth of this year’s submissions evidenced the
continued growth and increased importance of Animal Law. The
committee is extremely proud of the opportunity that the writing
competition provides for students on the cutting edge of Animal Law,"
said Committee Chair James F. Gesualdi of Islip. "The committee thanks
all the entrants for their thoughtful and often thought provoking
submissions and congratulates both Ms. Peterson and Ms. Pannella on
winning this year’s Student Writing Competition.”
The Committee on Animals and the Law was established to provide an
information resource for the Association’s members and the public
about non-human, animal-related humane issues that arise from and have
an effect upon our legal system.
The competition was intended to foster legal scholarship among law
students in the area of animals and the law. In addition, the
competition provides law students with an opportunity to prepare and
submit articles to the committee for possible publication in one of the
New York State Bar Association’s newsletters.
The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official
statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary
state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs
and activities have continuously served the public and improved the
justice system for more than 130 years.
* "This paper is an excerpt from
Lesley Peterson, Note, Talkin’ ‘Bout A Humane Revolution:
New Standards For Farming Practices and How They Could Change
International Trade as We Know It, 36 Brook. J. Int’l L. 1
(Forthcoming 2010). "
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