Laura Ireland is a partner in the law firm of Gibbons & Ireland, LLP on Oregon’s Central Coast. She received her J.D. and certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School. As a student, she was Editor in Chief of the Animal Law Review and Director of the L&C SALDF. She was the Founder of the National Center for Animal Law at Lewis & Clark, and served as the Executive Director from 2001-2008. Through the Center, she organized the annual Animal Law Conference, established and organized the National Animal Advocacy Competitions held annually at Harvard Law School and George Washington University School of Law; was the founder, director, and clinical professor of the Animal Law Clinic; developed resources for animal law students, law school administrators, and attorneys; and, developed animal law curriculum including Lewis & Clark’s summer Animal Law Program and Animal Law Specialization within the Environmental Law Program. Laura is the Founder and Chair of the recently formed Animal Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. She lives in Newport, Oregon with her husband, daughter, and rescued furkids.