Defending Man's Best Friend: Law Students Gather For Animal Legal Defense Fund Convention

Steve Miller
October 12, 2018 - 1:41 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The 2nd Annual Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Convention is happening Friday in downtown Chicago.

The students at this convention are the next generation of lawyers. They are law students from across the country who have decided they don't want to represent big corporations or women or men, but rather man's best friend.

"I really love my dog," said 30-year-old Laurel Tallent, a law student from Tallahassee, Florida.

"I would do anything to protect my dog.  But legally, if someone hurt my dog, my dog is just property.  And I think that's really sad because dogs and other animals have become parts of families. And they're so much more than, like, a table.

"But they only have the same legal property as a table or a piece of jewelry you own."

Organizers said more than 100 law students are in Chicago for the student convention.

The main convention of the Animal Legal Defense Fund runs through the weekend at the downtown Marriott.