The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Animals and the Law awarded Lesley Peterson ‘11 first-place in its third annual Student Writing Competition, Interim Dean Michael Gerber announced today. 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 recently enacted Proposition 2, could conflict with provisions of the World Trade Organization's General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
Peterson ‘11 is the second Brooklyn Law School student to win this competition. Last year, Andra Waniek ‘09 won second place. The essay Peterson submitted to the competition was a draft of the note she wrote for her membership on the Brooklyn Journal of International Law to be published this fall.
“I was inspired to write about this topic because I am very interested in farm animal welfare issues. My Animal Law class with Adjunct Professor Mariann Sullivan, and my International Trade Law class with Professor Claire Kelly both prepared me immensely in writing this piece. I especially enjoyed being able to take two seemingly distinct types of law (animal law and international trade law) and used them both to analyze an issue that I'm passionate about,” Peterson said.
‘I am very proud of Lesley,” Interim Dean Michael Gerber said. “She joins a distinguished roster of students who have won legal writing competitions.”
"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 Ms. Peterson on winning this year’s Student Writing Competition.”
The competition is judged by the State Bar Association’s Student Writing Competition Subcommittee, a law school professor, and non-Committee lawyers familiar with animal law.
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.
Read Lesley Peterson's entry.