The annual Student Animal Law Conference will take place on Friday, September 18 in the lead up to the Canadian Animal Law Conference.

The Student Animal Law Conference is an opportunity for Canadian law students to meet, network with, and learn from each other and other leaders in the field of animal law. 

The Student Animal Law Conference will take place in Room 204 at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, 6061 University Avenue.

Friday, October 4

8:00 - 9:00 am

Registration & Breakfast



9:00 am

Conference Welcome & Introductions

  • Camille Labchuk, Executive Director, Animal Justice

  • Jodi Lazare, Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University

  • Sarah Frame, Ada Roberts, Emily Wilson - Student Conference Co-chairs 

9:15 - 10:45 am

Overview of Animal Law in Canada

Dynamic and engaging law professors will speak about some of the foundational concepts in animal law, explained through discussion of a case, statute, or issue.

  • Lesli Bisgould, Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

  • Vaughan Black, Retired Professor, Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University

  • Rebeka Breder, Principal, Breder Law, and former Adjunct Professor, Allard School of Law at UBC

  • Angela Lee, PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

  • Peter Sankoff, Professor, University of Alberta Faculty of Law

  • Katie Sykes, Assistant Professor, Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law

Moderator: Emily Wilson, Co-President, UBC Animal Justice Club

10:45 - 11:00 am



11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Live Recording: The Paw & Order Podcast

Join hosts Peter Sankoff and Camille Labchuk to record a live episode of the popular Paw & Order podcast. Canada's only animal law podcast will take your questions!

12:15 - 1:30 pm


1:30 - 2:45 pm

Legal Advocacy: Within & Beyond Law School

There’s no need to wait to be called to the bar to make a difference—you can put those legal skills to use right away to help animals! This panel will explore how students can advocate for animals while still in law school, including as members of an Animal Justice student club. Presenters will share their ideas and experience with events, film screenings, projects, campaigns, political advocacy, and other initiatives on campus and in the community. After the presentations, audience members will be invited to share ideas and discuss activities their own student clubs have undertaken.

  • Krystal Barber, President, University of Ottawa Animal Justice Association

  • Em Heppler, Director of Operations, Pivot Food Investment

  • Jessie Schwarz, President, Thompson Rivers University Animal Law Club

  • Gabriel Wildgen, Co-President, Harvard Law School Animal Law Society

Moderator: Sarah Frame, Student Animal Law Association of Dalhousie, Schulich School of Law

2:45 - 3:00 pm


3:00 - 4:30 pm

Careers in Animal Law

Are you planning to practice animal law, but unsure how to contribute to the field, and where to look for a job? Have you ever wondered what a typical day is like for an animal lawyer? Or how to incorporate animal law cases into a more traditional practice? This panel is for you! Many of Canada’s most prominent animal law practitioners will speak about their jobs, career paths, and how they use their legal training to advance the rights and interests of animals. 

  • Rebeka Breder, Principal, Breder Law

  • Sophie Gaillard, Director of Animal Advocacy, Montreal SPCA

  • Zeynep Graves, Manager for Animal Law, PETA Foundation

  • Gary Grill, Principal, Grill Barristers

  • Kaitlyn Mitchell, Staff Lawyer, Animal Justice

  • Brian Shiller, General Counsel, Ontario SPCA

  • Trevor Shishkin, Principal, Shishkin Law

  • James Silver, Partner, Silver Pennypacker Barristers

Moderator: Ada Roberts, President, University of Toronto Animal Justice Association