We have hired our first staff attorney, Mary Dulka. Mary is an experienced and highly-accomplished securities litigator. In 2016, she left her position as a partner in a prominent NYC firm to pursue a career helping animals. We encourage you to take a look at her bio. She comes to us with a great story and we - and our clients - are fortunate to have Mary working with us.
We are also delighted that Judith Turkel has joined our board of directors. Soon after she started with us as a strategic advisor (a role in which she continues), it quickly became apparent that she has much to offer and contribute in a leadership position as well. Judith, a lawyer, also serves as chair of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary board. Working extensively in the LGBT community for decades, Judith brings many years of not for profit board work and experience.
We Animals/Jo-Anne McArthur: ADP is working closely with Jo-Anne McArthur and her nonprofit, We Animals Media cross-border funding and donation issues encompassing Canadian and United States fundraising. Jo-Anne is an award-winning photojournalist, author, and educator who has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over a decade. Her extraordinary work is presented and archived on the We Animals Media site, which we encourage you to visit. It is also featured on our website. Jo-Anne and We Animals is making a difference, world-wide.
Leaping Bunny Project: ADP has started working with the Leaping Bunny Project, a coalition of eight national animal protection groups, including the American Anti-Vivisection Society (an ADP client), that promotes a single comprehensive standard for cruelty-free products. The coalition works with companies to help make shopping for animal-friendly products easier and more trustworthy. You can identify products that meet the Leaping Bunny Project’s stringent animal-friendly standards by the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo.
GFAS: ADP is working with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) on an important project to benefit its over 100-member equine sanctuaries. Many of GFAS’ accredited sanctuaries seek to find forever adoptive loving homes for their equines, and we are working with GFAS in preparing a model adoption agreement that each sanctuary can then tailor to its own unique circumstances and applicable laws.
Rowdy Girl: We are excited to be working with Rowdy Girl Sanctuary and its Ranchers Advocacy Program. RAP supports and guides ranchers who are ready to move away from cruelty-based animal agriculture and adopt other non-animal agriculture business models and practices. As an outgrowth of his ADP work, David is now a member of the RAP Advisory Committee.
In addition to the American Anti-Vivisection Society and the Leaping Bunny Project, we welcome Empty the Tanks; the International Anti-Poaching Foundation; Porchlight Animal Sanctuary; Vegan LadyBoss; and Wild Bird Fund bringing our total number of clients to 30.
We’re delighted to feature the work of Crystal Kramer, an attorney in Offit Kurman’s Tysons Corner Virginia office. Crystal’s contributions have been invaluable. Through ADP’s Weeping Elephant Project, working closely with Save Nosey Now, Crystal is tirelessly working on behalf of Asha, an elephant housed in awful conditions at Natural Bridge Zoo in Virginia. In addition to producing stellar work in this and several other matters, Crystal is deeply devoted to animal protection and a great pleasure to work with.
The law firm of Kirkland and Ellis has become a pro bono collaborator, bringing to 14 the number of firms we are collaborating with. As always, we thank all of our firms and pro bono lawyers for their critical contribution to our efforts.
Plans for 2019: There has been a dramatic increase in the requests for our services from a variety of nonprofits doing critical work in animal protection and advocacy. In the coming year we are determined to further increase our visibility and impact as we expand our services to new and existing clients alike.