The Section will present its Wanda Nash Award
to Christian Bucey
, a graduating 3L at MSU College of Law. Named for the Section's founder, the award is presented to the graduating law student who has had the most impact on animal law. Nominations are made by professors who teach animal law in the state's law schools. Prof. David Favre nominated Christian:
Since coming to Michigan State University College of Law, Christian has been involved with numerous activities surrounding animal law.
During his 1L year, Christian became a member of MSU's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter and was selected to compete as a 2L on MSU' Animal Law Moot Court team. In his 2L year, Christian was a panelist for the State Bar of Michigan’s Animal Law Section special program: “20th Anniversary: Past, Present & Future.” His presentation centered on the atrocities of the Canned Hunting industry, which inspired him to write and submit his critical analysis of the industry, “The Unfair Chase: A Federal Approach to Eliminate Canned Hunting,” to the first ever Law Student Panel at the Animal Law Conference. His submission received an Honorable Mention, and was posted to the conference’s website.
Also during his 2L year, Christian competed at the National Animal Law Competitions at Harvard Law School, and was a semi-finalist in the Moot Court competition.
Following his 2L year, Christian was a Litigation Clerk for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in its Cotati, CA office. While there, Christian worked on both state and federal animal law issues and helped lobby for legislation at the California State Capitol during the Humane Society of the United States's Humane Lobby Day. Upon returning to East Lansing for his final year, Christian continued his work with ALDF as a remote extern and served on the executive board of MSU' s SALDF chapter. Christian will be taking the California Bar Exam this summer.
The SBM community is invited to attend the ceremony, which includes a program and refreshments. RSVP to Bee Friedlander by May 8