LEAP Welcomes New Postgraduate Fellow Laurie Sellars

Laurie Sellars and her dog

The Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) at Yale Law School is delighted to welcome a new postgraduate fellow to the LEAP team, Laurie Sellars. In this role, Sellars will work closely with LEAP’s faculty and staff to support and grow the program’s research and educational initiatives.

“We really won the lottery by recruiting Laurie,” said faculty co-director Doug Kysar, the Joseph M. Field '55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. “Not only will she help broaden the range of expertise represented in LEAP, but she’ll also enrich our community with her infectious enthusiasm for the study and support of nonhuman animals.”

Sellars recently graduated from New York University’s M.A. in Animal Studies program, where she conducted research on the representation of sharks in tourism activities, the ethics of xenotransplantation, and how the ongoing pandemic has impacted nonhuman animals. Prior to graduate school, Sellars worked as an analyst at an economic consulting firm, The Brattle Group, which provides expert economic testimony in litigation.

“Laurie is an outstanding new addition to the LEAP team,” LEAP Executive Director Viveca Morris said. “She brings exceptional professionalism, thoughtfulness, experience with interdisciplinary research and academic programs, and passion for animal and environmental protection. We’re thrilled that she is joining us.”