Megan Senatori is the Associate Director of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School, with a focus on key organizational goals, priorities, and innovations to support and facilitate the growth of CALS. She is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Companion Animal Law. Megan is a seasoned civil litigator, nonprofit leader, and frequent writer and speaker on animal protection issues. Prior to joining CALS, Megan was a litigator in private practice for 17 years. Her practice included animal protection cases, primarily focusing on companion animal issues. Megan has taught animal law for over a decade, including teaching the first-ever animal law courses at the University of Wisconsin Law School (2003-2013) and at Marquette University Law School (2005-2013). 


Megan has significant experience regarding the link between animal cruelty and human violence. She is co-founder and President of Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims (SAAV) an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that recognizes animals as vital family members and arranges for their safe harbor when a domestic abuse victim seeks refuge from an abuser. Over the past twenty years, SAAV has provided safe refuge for more than 300 animals impacted by domestic abuse in Dane County, Wisconsin.