One of the legacies of The Fund for Animals is its precedent-setting use of litigation to protect animals in the courts. The Fund has won landmark court cases over the past several decades, to stop the U.S. Navy from shooting more than 5,000 burros in California, to halt the sport hunting of black bears in California and of bison on the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming, to end the shooting of captive-raised pheasants on Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, to shut down the notorious Hegins pigeon shoot in Pennsylvania, and to provide protection for hundreds of species under the Endangered Species Act.
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In January 2005, a new partnership with The Humane Society of the United states formed the basis for the creation of the Animal Protection Litigation section. The Animal Protection Litigation section conducts precedent-setting legal campaigns on behalf of animals in state and federal courts around the country. With a staff of full-time lawyers, numerous law clerks, administrative staff, outside counsel, and pro-bono attorneys, the section is the largest in-house animal protection litigation department in the country.
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The Animal Protection Litigation section also serves as a training ground for the next generation of animal lawyers and law students. As part of that mission, the section operates the Animal Law Litigation Project in Washington, D.C.-a joint-venture with George Washington University School of Law. The project, the first such joint animal law clinic in the country, offers a select group of highly qualified law students a chance to work side-by-side with The HSUS and The Fund's legal staff on cutting-edge animal protection cases.
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APL conducts more than a dozen active animal and environmental protection cases on behalf of The Fund for Animals, and more than three dozen total cases throughout the country. The Fund's legal docket includes actions to protect whales, elephants, bears, lynx, pigeons, cormorants, swans, pheasants, horses, and other animals.
Opportunities are available for spring, summer, and fall legal clerkships, one-year litigation fellowships, and donated pro bono services.