LEAP Welcomes New 2023-2024 Student Fellows

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The Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) at Yale Law School welcomed its 2023–2024 cohort of LEAP Student Fellows last month for the program’s first meeting of the academic year.

In addition to nearly 25 returning fellows, the gathering inaugurated more than 20 new student fellows, who represent many of Yale University’s graduate and professional schools. This year’s class of student fellows includes students from Yale Law School, as well as Yale’s Divinity School, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jackson School of Global Affairs, Prison Education Initiative, School of the Environment, School of Management, and School of Public Health.

The new cohort of fellows brings diverse and extensive experience in science, public health, ethics and philosophy, theology, law and policy, business, and animal advocacy. Their interests include the impact of climate change on zoonotic disease risk; promoting plant-based diets and alternative proteins; ecocentric legal theory and animal rights; depictions of animals in religious texts; the welfare of farmed animals and animals used in sport; carceral systems and their treatment of human and nonhuman animals; the relationship between human food systems and climate change; marine biodiversity, conservation, and governance; and more. 

READ MORE: biographies of this year’s LEAP Student Fellows

The goal of the LEAP Student Fellows Program, which launched in 2019, is to support the academic and professional goals of exceptional Yale students interested in protecting animals and exploring the questions raised by humanity’s treatment of others creatures, to empower these students to do impactful work while at Yale, and to connect a robust community of students dedicated to protecting animals during their time at Yale.