Cody Carlson ’13 was awarded the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, the ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life.
Carlson is one of seven students who received the international scholarship this year for his outstanding work in the growing field of animal law. The scholarships were awarded to second- and third-year law student members of Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters, based upon demonstrated commitment to ALDF’s mission – to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Scholarship recipients also act as mentors for their chapters after graduation.
Last year, Carlson served as co-chair of Brooklyn Law School’s thriving Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter. He organized panels, trainings, pro bono opportunities, and social events to engage fellow students in issues relating to animal rights. Most recently, he coordinated volunteers to help Ohioans for Humane Farms broker a historic agreement to phase out sow and veal crates and require basic animal care standards for dog breeders.
He is currently working on a paper for the Nonhuman Rights Project that explores strategies for establishing legal “personhood” for primates. At BLS, he is an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow and he is also working with the Law School’s dining hall and catering operation to transition to the use of cage-free eggs.
Carlson graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in Community Studies. Before law school, he worked on farmed animal welfare initiatives as a researcher, was a campaign coordinator for several nonprofit groups, and investigated corporate fraud for a leading business intelligence firm.
This summer, he is driving to Los Angeles with his rescued pit bull, Kenna, to intern with the animal protection group, Compassion Over Killing.