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Wildlife Law Program Staff

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The Director of the Wildlife Law Program is Michael Harris.  For 18 years he has worked as an environmental law attorney, much of the time working directly on litigation to protect wildlife and natural ecosystems.  Michael received a B.A. in Environmental and Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, a M.S.L. from Vermont Law School, and a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley, where he was an Executive Editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly. Before coming to Friends of Animals, Michael was an Associate Professor at the University of Denver, where he directed the school’s Environmental Law Clinic. 



Jennifer Best is the assistant legal director in the Wildlife Law Program.  She graduated from University of Denver Sturm College of Law in May 2013 with Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law.  Jennifer has lived in Michigan, Utah, Oregon, and Colorado. She loves spending times outdoors and went to law school because she believes all people and species deserve the right to be heard in our legal system. She is thrilled to be working with Friends of Animal and to promote the respectful view of non-human animals.




Courtney McVean is Project Attorney in the Wildlife Law Program. Courtney graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in May 2014 with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. During law school, Courtney co-authored Environmental Settlements and Administrative Law, published in Harvard Environmental Law Review in 2015. She also served as an intern for WildEarth Guardians and as Student Attorney in the DU Environmental Law Clinic. Following law school, Courtney clerked for the Honorable Judge Todd Taylor in the 19th Judicial District.


Government Affairs Associate: Rachel Nussbaum Wichert earned her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 2015. In the next year, she will secure a position as a Research Attorney with a special interest in marine mammals.

Animal Law Fellow: Currently a Fellow in the Wildlife Law Program, Elizabeth Rasheed first worked with Friends of Animals as a summer intern. Liz holds a B.S. in Biology from Duke University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she served as Submissions Editor of the NYU Environmental Law Journal. Prior to rejoining Friends of Animals, Liz also participated in the NYU Environmental Law Clinic hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and interned with NRDC’s litigation team and energy program.


Administrative Assistant: Marielle Grenade-Willis


Current Legal Interns:

Chelsea Oden, University of Colorado Law School


Past Legal Interns:

Lyndley Schlepp, Lewis & Clark Law School


Edward Huggins, Indiana University: Maurer School of Law


Kendra Strong, University of Denver

Caitlin Grant, University of Denver

Katelyn Gannon, University of Washington St. Louis

Jessica Gick, Georgetown University


Kate Sanford, University of Denver

Rachel N. Wichert, University of Washington Law

Anna Burica, University of Denver

Jane Michalakes, University of Denver

Liz Rasheed, NYU Law

Aejung Yoon, University of Washington Law

Joann Kinsey, University of Denver College of Law

Aubyn Royall, University of Denver College of Law

Erica Zeiler, University of Denver College of Law

Kelly Shaw, University of Colorado School of Law

Kristen Pariser, University of Denver College of Law



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