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Mike (now called “Lennie”), fully recovered after receiving medical care from Dr. Michael White and Friends for Life Animal Shelter & Sanctuary in Houston, stands with his poster at the launch of STCL Houston’s Animal Law Clinic. South Texas College of Law Houston held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open its Animal Law Clinic on November 10, 2017, which will specialize in laws regarding animals in disasters, custody issues, cruelty, etc.

Domestic violence situations, divorce cases, estate planning and emergency shelters are just a handful of cases that can involve an animal element, yet until recently there’s been a dearth of focus on animal law. As part of an emerging trend in legal education, South Texas College of Law Houston is the latest among a handful of law schools nationwide offering animal law clinics for would-be attorneys.

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