Professor Kim Diana Connolly serves as the vice dean for advocacy and experiential learning for the University at Buffalo School of Law, and directs their Clinical Legal Education Program. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her LL.M. with highest honors from George Washington University Law School. Professor Connolly did her undergraduate work in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar, and served as a VISTA volunteer between college and law school. She received a certification in Non-Profit Management from Duke University before law school, and recently completed a graduate certificate program in restorative practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Connolly teaches, practices, studies, writes and speaks about environmental and animal law policies, creatively examining and sharing ideas as to how to move toward a sustainable future. Professor Connolly’s commitment to advocacy began before she attended law school, when she ran a non-profit working to bring social justice to those facing a lack of access to clean water and sanitary wastewater removal in North Carolina. After earning her law degree, she has advocated in multiple arenas, including in judicial settings, before federal, state and local legislative bodies, with federal, international, state, and local administrative bodies, and beyond. Connolly directs UB’s Animal Law Clinic, and actively volunteers for several organizations dedicated to animals. She shares her home with “several” rescued non-human animals who help ensure she and her children are never far away from fun and adventure.