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Animal Law Seminar (JURI 4827): Choosing Topic

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General Background and Hot Topics Resources

A. Resources providing general background information or overview:

  1. Legal Encyclopedias - provide overviews and relevant legal terms. They also often discuss important statutes and leading court opinions.
    • American Jurisprudence - available on Lexis and Westlaw, topic "Animals"
    • Corpus Juris Secundum - on Westlaw, topic "Animals"
  2. American Law Reports (ALR) - detailed essays, or "case annotations," on specific issues raised in court decisions (available on Lexis and Westlaw and in print; use indexes to identify relevant annotations)

B. Specialized sites:

  • Animal Legal and Historical Center - a comprehensive repository of information about animal law, including over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics and an international collection.
  • Blogs (see boxes to the right) - often sources of cutting-edge news and developments in the law

C. Recent Journal Articles - Look at recent journal articles for discussion of developing issues

D. Ask a reference librarian for additional sources and ideas.

General Resources on Scholarly Legal Writing

Animal Blawg feed - see below for additional relevant blogs

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More Blogs

  • Animal Law Blog - one practitioner's observations and analysis of animal law news, litigation in her state of Illinois and around the country, criminal cases as time permits, as well as links to legislation and other animal law resources.
  • Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach - mission of the website is to provide a clear statement of an approach to animal rights that promotes the abolition of animal exploitation and rejects the regulation of animal exploitation.
  • Animal Ethics - philosophical discussion of the moral status of nonhuman animals
  • Animals & Politics - written by Mark Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund
  • ASPCA - stated belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law.
  • Animals & Politics - written by Mark Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund
  • Companion Animal Law Blog - attorney specializing in companion animal law which includes dangerous dog proceedings, contract and corporate issues for pet care companies, animal hoarding and neglect cases, and issues in animal rescue and adoption.
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