Animal Law Section to Host Brunch and Award Presentation

The Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will host a Meet & Greet brunch in Ann Arbor and an awards ceremony in East Lansing in May.

Delci WindersThe Meet & Greet brunch will feature Delci Winders, an academic fellow with the Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Program and national expert on animal law, and take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, at Seva restaurant, located at 2541 Jackson Ave. in Ann Arbor. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to engage in an informal question and answer session with Ms. Winders while enjoying brunch. You must make a $5 deposit to reserve your seat in advance by May 4. Those in attendance will order off the regular brunch menu and be billed separately for their meals. The event is co-hosted by Attorneys for Animals.

The Animal Law Section will present the 2017 Wanda Nash Award to Christian Bucey, a graduating third-year law student at Michigan State University College of Law, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, in the Castle Board Room at MSU College of Law in East Lansing. In his first year of law school, Bucey joined the MSU Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter. In his second year of law school he served on the Animal Law Moot Court team, served as a panelist for the Animal Law Section special program, “20th Anniversary: Past, Present & Future,” received an honorable mention award at the Animal Law Conference for a critical analysis he wrote on the canned hunting industry, and became a semi-finalist in the National Animal Law Competitions at Harvard Law School. After his second year in law school, he served as litigation clerk for the Animal Legal Defense Fund in California, working on both state and federal animal law issues and helping the Humane Society of the United States on its Humane Lobby Day. In his third year of law school, he continued to serve as a remote extern for ALDF and served on the executive board of MSU’s SALDF chapter.

Named for the Animal Law Section’s founder, the Wanda Nash Award is presented annually to a graduating law student who has had the most impact on animal law. Nominations are made by professors who teach animal law in Michigan law schools. The awards ceremony will include a program and refreshments. Reserve your seat to attend the awards ceremony by e-mailing Bee Friedlander at by May 8.