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Wayne Law Student Receives First-Ever Wanda Nash Award

October 26, 2007

DETROIT (Oct. 26, 2007) – Wayne State University Law School 3L student Elizabeth Livorine recently received the first-ever Wanda Nash Award, an award created by the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan in 2006 to honor a Michigan law student dedicated to animal law.

According to Wayne Law Professor Noah Hall, Livorine has "dedicated herself to animal law since deciding that the law and legislation was her best avenue by which to fulfill her deep commitment to animals."  

Livorine has taken tremendous initiative in starting a Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) Chapter at Wayne Law, and has attended a number of animal law conferences in an effort to gain knowledge to bring back to Wayne Law and the Southeastern Michigan community. In addition to her animal law efforts, Livorine has made personal efforts in the protection of animals and their rights by raising funds for the SALDF’s Mega March for Animals team, volunteering and fostering at the Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan, and taking the opportunity to enter elementary schools to educate students about the value of animals and the humane treatment they deserve.

Livorine was presented with the award at the Animal Law Section's annual meeting last month in Grand Rapids. On Oct. 30, 2007, the award will be presented to Wayne State University Law School in recognition of Livorine at the school’s SALDF meeting at noon in Room 2261. 

The meeting, which is open to all Section members, alumni, students faculty and staff, will also feature attorney Deborah D. Lynett, Estate/Family Law Attorney, and Guardian of a Certified Therapy Dog. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP to

Wanda Nash is the spark behind the Animal Law Section, having gathered together Michigan attorneys interested in animal law in the early 1990s. The Section was formed in 1995, and is considered to be the first statewide Animal Law Section in the US. Wanda served as the first Chair, and has been an active Section Council member since then. Wanda has devoted most of her adult life to work on behalf of animals. She was one of the few law students in the 1980s who went to law school specifically to use the legal system to better the lives of animals. 
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