Pamela D. Frasch, J.D.

Expert Pamela Frasch

Dean of Animal Law Program and Executive Director of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon USA


Pamela Frasch is the Dean of Animal Law and the Executive Director of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon USA.

Previously, Dean Frasch served as general counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a national non-profit animal law organization. In 1996, Dean Frasch created the ALDF Criminal Justice Program, which has since assisted law enforcement and animal advocates in investigating and prosecuting thousands of animal abuse and neglect cases nationwide.

In addition to her duties with CALS, Dean Frasch is co-author (with Sonia Waisman and Bruce Wagman) of the premier American legal casebook in the field, ANIMAL LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (Carolina Academic Press, 6th edition forthcoming 2019); co-author (with Kathy Hessler and Sonia Waisman) of ANIMAL LAW IN A NUTSHELL (Thomson West, 2nd Edition, 2016); and co-author (with Kathy Hessler and Megan Senatori) of an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Stevens, on behalf of 45 law professors who teach animal law.

Dean Frasch is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on issues of animal law and is the principal author of Oregon’s first felony anti-cruelty law. She has authored or co-authored a number of articles and book chapters in the field and has been recognized by the Humane Society of the United States and the Oregon Humane Society for her contributions. Dean Frasch has taught survey and advanced courses in animal law at Lewis & Clark Law School since 1998.

Dean Frasch is the inaugural recipient of the American Association of Law School’s Award: “Excellence in Animal Law: Scholarship-Teaching-Service.”

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