Joan E. Schaffner, J.D., is an Associate Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School. Ze received a B.S. in mechanical engineering (magna cum laude) and J.D. (Order of the Coif) from the University of Southern California and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Joan teaches Civil Procedure, Sexuality and the Law, Remedies, and Legislation and Regulation. Ze is the editor-in-chief of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal and is the faculty advisor to Lambda Law and the GW Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Joan’s scholarship focuses on animal protection law. Ze has presented on animal law panels and conferences world-wide. Joan is the author of the book Introduction to Animals and the Law and of several book chapters including “Valuing Nature in Environmental Law: Lessons for Animal Law and the Valuation of Animals” in What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? and “Value, wild animals and law” in Animal Welfare and International Environmental Law: From Conservation to Compassion. Joan is Co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) International Section, International Animal Law Committee; Past Chair and Newsletter Vice-Chair of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Animal Law Committee; Founding Chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Animal Law; and Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. Joan has received the ABA TIPS Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award, the AALS Excellence in Animal Law Award: Scholarship-Teaching-Service, and the ABA TIPS Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award. On a personal note, Joan shares zir life with a magnificent family of felines.
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