State - MSU Law professor receives award for work in animal law

The Animal Law Committee of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section will honor David S. Favre of East Lansing with the Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes exceptional work by a member or leader of an international, national, regional, state or local bar association's animal law committee, who, through commitment and leadership, has advanced the humane treatment of animals.

The award will be presented to Favre during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco at the TIPS Animal Law Committee Awards Reception, Saturday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Grand Terrace of the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Favre is a professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law where he teaches courses in animal law, international environmental Law, property and wildlife law. From 1999 to 2000, Favre served as interim dean at Michigan State University Detroit College of Law, and was interim dean through its transition from Detroit College of Law to Michigan State University Detroit College of Law from 1993 - 1996. He was a visiting professor for the University of Auckland, New Zealand in September 2007, where he concentrated his course presentation on animal law. Before joining the Michigan faculty in 1976, Favre was a practicing lawyer in Virginia.

Favre earned his Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary in 1973 and his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1968.

Favre has written several articles and books dealing with animal issues covering topics such as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. His books include Animal Law and Dog Behavior, Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights, and International Trade in Endangered Species. He also has presented to international audiences on these topics.

Favre's involvement with animal law organizations is large and varied. He is the editor-in-chief of the Animal Legal and Historical Web Center and a national officer for both the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the ABA Committee on Animal Law. He has served as a committee member of the American Association of Law Schools recently-created Animal Committee since 2008; has chaired the legislative drafting subcommittee of the TIPS Animal Law Committee since 2004; and has served on the board of directors and as an officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund from 1982 - 2006, and was chairman of the board from 2003-2006.

He was a member of the board of directors for the National Center for Animal Law from 2003 to 2004 and served on the board of directors and as an officer for the Species Survival Network from 1997 - 2001. Favre served on the board of advisors for the Journal of Wildlife Management, Law & Policy in 1997, on the Advisory Committee for the Center for Wildlife Study at New Mexico University from 1991 - 1994, and on the board of directors of the Michigan Chapter of the Nature Conservancy from 1980 - 1983. Favre was also a member of the Conservation Council of Virginia Board of Directors from 1973 to 1976, where he also served as president.

Published: Mon, Jul 12, 2010