Taimie L. Bryant
Professor of Law
Director, Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program at UCLA Law
Since 1994, Taimie Bryant has taught several different animal law courses and has conducted research and writing on varied animal law topics. All of her teaching and scholarship reflect her training in both anthropology and law. During research for various interdisciplinary animal law projects, Dr. Bryant came to appreciate the considerable value of research in other fields, which, if fully understood and utilized, can facilitate the work of animal law scholars and practitioners. The Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program at UCLA Law School is premised on that belief that positive change to benefit animals will emerge from research produced by researchers in non-law fields as it intersects with the work of researchers and practitioners of animal law.
Director, Empirical Research Group
In the short time since he joined UCLA Law School, Dr. Ben Nyblade has developed a strong reputation for the value of his advice to UCLA Law faculty and staff engaged in empirical research and the evaluation of empirical research data. His assistance with the Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program at UCLA Law School includes his ability to assess the strengths of proposed empirical methodology and his identification of academic departments likely to house researchers doing work appropriate for Animal Law and Policy Small Grant support.
Senior Administrative Analyst
Since her graduation from UCLA Law School in 2006, Ms. Leahy has served as General Counsel for Compassion Over Killing, where she is responsible for development and oversight of investigations, litigation, and policy concerning farmed animals. In addition to her extensive experience and expertise specific to farmed animals, Ms. Leahy has considerable knowledge of other animal law areas and familiarity with legal practitioners working in those subfields. She will be assisting with the new Food Law and Animal Law Initiative and with the Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program.
For decades - since long before there was any significant societal support for protection of animals’ interests - Bob Barker has been their defender. He has not been shy about speaking out against the exploitation of animals or the plight of homeless animals, as when he regularly urged viewers of The Price is Right to spay or neuter their pets. He has also funded efforts to stop exploitation of animals, including generous gifts to animal protection nonprofits and educational institutions for the purpose of developing educated awareness of the need for and benefits of animal protection. UCLA School of Law is the proud recipient of a generous endowment gift from Mr. Barker to support animal law. Income from that gift will fund this Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program at UCLA Law School.