Tara Cooley is the teaching fellow in the Animal Law Clinic, where law students advocate in animal cruelty cases under Desmond’s Law—the nation’s first courtroom animal advocate program law.
She earned her JD from Golden Gate University and her LLM in Animal Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. where she served as an associate editor of the Animal Law Review.
Cooley served as a legal extern at East Bay Community Law Center, a law clinic of the University of California, Berkley, in the Health and Welfare Practice, where she assisted with community access to public benefits. She also served as a legal intern at the Animal Welfare Institute, where she researched states’ inclusion of pets in protective orders and animal cruelty as an element of human abuse. She serves as a board member on the San Francisco District Attorney’s Victims of Crime Advisory Board.
Cooley received the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship, and a Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law & Policy Domestic Scholarship.
Tara Cooley will speak at an Animal Law Conference event that will discuss the world’s only advanced legal degree in animal law, the Animal Law LLM. The event, "Empowering Global Ambassadors for Animals One LLM Degree at a Time" will be held virtually on October 17, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. EST. Cooley will serve as the moderator on a panel of experts, where they will share their personal experiences of using their Animal Law LLM degree to advance legal protections for animals, while also furthering the prevention of other related issues.