Pro Bono Work for Animal Rights Skyrockets

, The American Lawyer

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Animal law has become one of the fastest-growing areas of study in the United States. Statistics from 2008 show that major firms contributed a record number of pro bono hours to the Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Bruce Wagman, ALDF's general outside counsel, says the more lawyers learn about animal rights, the more they want to get involved. Another contributing factor might be the increase in time available to attorneys to pursue such efforts due to the down economy.

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