Find answers to commonly asked questions about the Brooks Institute, who we are, and what we do.

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Why are you called the Brooks Institute?

We are named after our benefactor, Brooks McCormick Jr., who hoped to leave a legacy of opportunity that would produce a profound change in animal rights law and policy. Brooks passed away in 2015, and The Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law and Policy was founded in 2017 to realize his vision of fresh perspectives and advancement in animal law and policy.

Does the Brooks Institute accept donations?

Yes, we accept donations, legacies, and planned giving from those who wish to support our mission. The Brooks Institute is a private operating foundation classified under Internal Revenue Code section 4942(j)(3) and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please visit our Support page for more information.

Does the Brooks Institute offer fellowships?

Yes, we currently offer three fellowship programs: the Scholars Research Fellowship in support of outstanding research that will advance the fields of animal law and policy, the Emerging Scholar Fellowship and mentoring program for 2L and 3L law students interested in pursuing a career in animal law teaching, and the premier Animal Law LLM Fellowships at the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School and the Animal Law and Policy Institute at Vermont Law and Graduate School.

Is my organization eligible to receive financial or organizational support from the Brooks Institute?

The Brooks Institute is not a grantmaking organization. We recommend visiting our External Resources page to be connected with other organizations in the animal protection community who may be able help meet your funding needs.

How do I find more information about working with the Brooks Institute?

Any Brooks team openings will be listed on our Careers page.

Does the Brooks Institute participate in advocacy for animal rights and welfare?

The Brooks Institute does not advocate any particular policy agenda or political point of view, nor do we participate in direct advocacy or activism. Instead, we make new and refined perspectives available to the animal protection community at-large. Community members are encouraged to consider our collaborative thinking, scholarship, and research and use it to advance their own projects and policies related to animal well-being, protection, and rights.

Does the Brooks Institute offer animal rescue or animal cruelty reporting assistance?

No, the Brooks Institute cannot help you with animal welfare and safety concerns. We are an animal law think-and-do tank dedicated to advancing animal law academics, scholarship, and policy-making. If you believe an animal is in immediate danger, we urge you to contact emegency services. National Link Coalition can provide information on how to report suspected abuse in your area. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is another good resource for locating reputable sanctuaries and rescue organizations.