Request For Proposals for Animal Law Lecture Series

i August 5, 2020

Many recipients of this request will know of ISAR’s and its chairman’s connection with what has during the last four-plus decades become the Animal Law Movement.1

While ISAR will continue to support Animal Law litigation generally, and scholarships for the Lewis and Clark Law School’s LLM Animal Law program in particular, there is an unfulfilled need of the Movement that has the potential to be a “force multiplier”2: Non-interactive Internet lectures in conceptual and substantive Animal Law, from its inception in 1974’s Butz case to the present, aimed at not only  lawyers throughout the United States who currently know little or nothing about the subject, but also to English-speaking lawyers throughout the world whose legal systems are based on common law principles.3

ISAR will underwrite the cost of creating, promoting, and maintaining such a series of lectures.

Those responding to this Request for Proposals by September 15, 2020, may do so structurally in any manner they wish. At a minimum, their response should (include but not necessarily be limited to) the following information:

  1. Costs to create, promote, and maintain such lectures.
  2. The person, persons or entities who would perform the production work, e.g., recording lectures, building the website.
  3. Author of the syllabus, reflecting the subjects covered and in what order.
  4. The number of one-hour lectures necessary to cover the material.
  5. Initial and subsequent promotion.
  6. The lecturer, or multiple lecturers.
  7. The time frame for the overall project. 
  8. Example(s) of similar project(s) the applicant has worked on.

The lecture series will be a joint project of ISAR and the successful applicant. 

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1For example, according to Joyce Tischler — founder and past-president of Animal Legal Defense Fund — ISAR’s long-time Chairman, Professor Henry Mark Holzer, was the first Animal Law attorney in the United States. See  The History of Animal Law, Part I (1972 – 1987)Seeds of Animal Law, Wikipedia, International Society for Animal Rights,, Desmond’s Army Animal Law Advocates, Voiceless 2010 Animal Law Lecture Series – Keynote Address.

In January 1980, with ISAR’s assistance Professor Holzer founded the Animal Rights Law Reporter, the seminal publication in the United States to track and comment upon current Animal Rights law throughout the United States. 

The next year, again with the assistance of ISAR, he organized the “First National Conference on Animal Law.” (Animal Rights Law Report July 1982, pages 11 – 13)  A major result of the Conference was Joyce Tischler’s coalescing many of the attending lawyers in what would soon become the Animal Legal Defense Fund. 

See also the first two cases in American jurisprudence to use the terms “animal rights:”  Jones et al.  v. Butz (374 F.Supp. 1284, S.D.N.Y.) (1974)), the first federal case to use the words “animal rights,” and Jones  v. Beame (45 N.Y.2d 402) (1978)), the first state case to use those words. Both were brought by Professor Holzer with ISAR’s help, and its President, Helen Jones, was among the plaintiffs.

His amicus curiae briefs on behalf of ISAR and others in the Supreme Court of the United States include the cases of Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah, Florida (508 U.S. 520) (1993)) and United States v. Stevens (559 U.S. 460) (2010)).

2 A “force multiplier” is a tool that produces more output, for the same amount of effort. For example, a construction worker’s compressed air nail- gun is a force multiplier to a hammer. Microsoft Word is a force multiplier to a manual typewriter.

3Common law is understood to be a body of law based on and developed by, legal precedents established by courts’ decisions. Countries based on common law procedure and precedents include, but are not limited to, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.