Animal Welfare and Climate Change: Intersections and Parallels Symposium

Friday, March 29, 2024

8:20 am – 5:30 pm

Symposium Schedule

Northwestern Pritzker Law, the Program on Food and Animal Law and Sustainability and the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center present a Symposium on "Animal Welfare and Climate Change: Intersections and Parallels." We are grateful to our sponsor, The Brooks Institute.

In this symposium, we will delve deep into the critical issues that arise at the crossroads of animal welfare and climate change. We aim to provide a comprehensive platform for engaging discussions and knowledge sharing, and we are proud to present an agenda that promises a day filled with meaningful insights.

The program is approved for 6.5 general CLE credit hours in Illinois. Click here to access written materials.

To receive Illinois CLE credit, please fill out a paper attendance log at the program OR the online CLE request survey certifying your attendance after the program, but no later than April 1st, 2024. Late requests for credit cannot be accommodated. Requests for credit submitted before the program date will not be accepted. This program is only approved for CLE credit in Illinois, though we are happy to provide an attendance certificate for attorneys to use when self-applying for credit in other states.

This event will bring together leading experts and thought leaders from diverse backgrounds to explore the pressing challenges and potential opportunities within this complex intersection. Our symposium is divided into five panels, each dedicated to a specific aspect of the topic: 


Panel One: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Improving Animal Welfare in CAFO- and non-CAFO Systems of Food Production (9-10:30am)


  • Daina Bray, JD, Clinical Lecturer in Law and Project Manager of the Climate Change & Animal Agriculture Litigation Initiative, Yale Law School's Law, Ethics and Animals Program
  • Hira Jaleel, LLM, Animal Law Teaching Fellow, Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Cleo Verkuijl, LLM, Visiting Research Fellow, Harvard Law School & Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Daniel Ziebarth, MA, M.Phil., Ph.D. candidate, Institute for Transnational Legal Research at Maastricht University and in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University
  • Moderator: David Dana, JD, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Professor of Real Estate, Kellogg School of Management & Director, Program on Sustainability and Food and Animal Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Panel Two: Reducing the Demand for Inexpensive Meat (10:45am-12pm)


  • Justin Marceau, JD, Professor, Brooks Institute Faculty Research Scholar of Animal Law and Policy, Strum College of Law, University of Denver
  • Maya Mathur, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, Stanford University's Quantitative Sciences Unit and Principal investigator, Stanford Humane & Sustainable Food Lab
  • Sparsha Saha, PhD, Lecturer in Government, Harvard University
  • Sean Sullivan, PhD, JD, MA, MS, Professor of Law and Bouma Faculty Fellow in Law, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Moderator: Ilana Braverman, MS, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Greener by Default

Panel Three: Green-washing and Humane-washing (1-2:15pm)


  • Amanda Hitt, JD, MPH, Visiting Fellow, Brooks McCormick Jr. Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law
  • Ben Lilliston, Director of Rural Strategies and Climate Change, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
  • Michael Swistara, JD, Litigation Fellow, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Steph Tai, PhD, JD, Associate Dean for Education and Faculty Affairs, UW Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Moderator: Janice Nadler, PhD, JD, Nathaniel L. Nathanson Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law


Panel Four: Start-ups In Animal Welfare/Food Technology and Clean Energy (2:15-3:45 pm)


  • Kaitlin Grady, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs, Clever Carnivore
  • Deepti Kulkarni, JD, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Myra Pasek, JD, Board Member, SCiFi Foods & Former GC, Impossible Foods
  • Karuna Rawal, MBA, CMO, Nature's Fynd
  • Ilya Sheyman, CEO, Good Food Institute
  • Moderator: Esther Barron, JD, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Panel Five: Does the Current Legal Landscape Protect Farmed Animals? Challenges and Opportunities (3:45-4:45pm)


  • Chris Green, JD, Executive Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Cheryl Leahy, JD, Executive Director, Animal Outlook
  • Moderator: Kenworthey Bilz, PhD, JD, MA, Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law


Open to the public. Virtual and in-person attendance options are available. No charge to register, but space is limited. We expect the conference will be fully subscribed. Attendees come from various backgrounds, including start-up founders, aspiring entrepreneurs, activists, academics, thought leaders, and students from law, business, undergraduate and engineering schools. Due to overwhelming interest, please register early to reserve your spot.


Parking Information

The nearest paid parking structure is located at 222 E. Huron (C-Lot, Huron-St. Clair Self Park), but there is also street parking. You may enter the main law school entrance at either 350 E. Superior St. between McCormick Hall and the Rubloff Building or at 375 E. Chicago Ave., between Levy Mayer Hall and the Rubloff Building. Other doors may be locked.
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