LEAP Announces New Student Fellows, New Student Grant Program

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The Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) at Yale Law School recently welcomed its 2020–2021 class of LEAP student fellows, and it also announced a new grant program for Yale students across the University.

The 14 new fellows, who gathered last week for a virtual introduction, hail from around the world and across the University’s graduate programs, with members from the School of the Environment, the School of Management, the Yale Law School, and the School of Public Health. The new cohort of fellows has extensive experience in animal law, environmental science, and ethics. Their interests include the public health impacts of industrial animal exploitation on the food and labor systems and on the environment; the ways that animal personalities affect ecology; the international economics of fisheries and aquaculture; and the intersection of racial justice, animal welfare, and environmentalism. 

READ: Biographies of the student fellows

The goal of LEAP’s student fellows program is to empower students during their time at Yale and to create community around the issues of animal and environmental ethics. This year’s fellows will join last year’s in helping LEAP fulfill its commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, action, and community. They have already moderated events in LEAP’s speaker series and are at work organizing the upcoming Big Ag and Antitrust Conference.

After welcoming the new class of fellows, LEAP announced the newly-minted YLS Law, Ethics & Animals Grant Program, which will fund student-led projects for the 2020–2021 academic year. All Yale students are eligible, as are diverse projects, including research and scholarship, policy proposals, podcasts, visual arts, and other initiatives that advance understanding of, attention to, and progress on the urgent issues facing nonhuman animals. Proposals are due on November 20, 2020.  The YLS Law, Ethics & Animals Grant Program Call for Proposals is available here.