Professor Delcianna (Delci) Winders, a renowned animal law expert and advocate, will join the Vermont Law School (VLS) faculty this fall as a visiting associate professor of law and Animal Law Program director. Winders joins VLS from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she directed the world’s first law school clinic dedicated to farmed animal advocacy. She brings to VLS a wealth of experience in animal law on a range of high-profile cases and issues.
Winders’ new appointment comes as VLS—home to one of the country’s top environmental law programs—expands its focus on animal law. The school’s Environmental Law Center recently secured funding to launch an animal law program that, among other things, will increase animal law litigation and other advocacy work in four of its existing clinical training and research programs. The new program, made possible with generous support from the Brooks McCormick Jr. Trust for Animal Rights Law and Policy, Animal Welfare Trust, the Greenbaum Foundation, and the GRACE Communications Foundation, aims to promote the humane and compassionate treatment of animals through legal education, scholarship, and policy development, as well as engagement with communities, advocates, and the legal profession.