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June 21, 2010


MSU Law Professor Favre Wins ABA Animal Law Award

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law Professor David Favre has been named the 2010 recipient of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) "Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award."

The annual award recognizes a TIPS Animal Law Committee member who has advanced the humane treatment of animals through the law. Nominees are evaluated based on contributions to the field through legislation, scholarship, education, and/or leadership, with a special emphasis on activities carried out during the last three years.

"Professor Favre is a trailblazer in the fast-growing field of animal law," said Joan Howarth, dean of MSU College of Law. "We are pleased that the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section has recognized his far-reaching contributions to the field with this award."

The ABA will hold a reception honoring Professor Favre at its annual meeting, which is scheduled for August 5 through 10 in San Francisco.

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section provides a forum for its more than 35,000 members from across the nation to exchange information and address important issues in tort trial and insurance practice. TIPS has 34 general committees, including the Animal Law Committee, which was founded in 2004 to address trends, develop policies, and serve as a clearinghouse for information regarding animals and the law.

Professor Favre, recently named the Nancy Heathcote Professor of Property and Animal Law at MSU College of Law, has been a member of the faculty since 1976. He has written numerous articles and several books dealing with animal issues, including Animal Law and Dog Behavior; Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights; and International Trade in Endangered Species. Professor Favre is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Animal Law, the second legal journal on animal law established in North America, and one of only three in existence dedicated to the specialized topic. He is a national officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and of the ABA Animal Law Committee. He served as interim dean of the Law College from 1993 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2000. In addition to Animal Law, Professor Favre teaches International Environmental Law, Property, and Wildlife Law.

Michigan State University College of Law is a leading institution of legal education with a long history of creating practice-ready attorneys. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


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