The Future of Animal Law Planning Committee

Workshop and Webinar Planning Committee

Paul A. Locke, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Co-Chair)

Paul Locke, an environmental health scientist and attorney, is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering.  He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management.  Dr. Locke has an MPH from Yale University School of Medicine, a DrPH from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a JD degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law.  At Hopkins, Dr. Locke leads an integrated research, practice and teaching program.  His program focuses on research-to-practice initiatives to better protect public health, especially in advancing evidence-based in vitro toxicology and radiation protection policy at federal and international organizations.  He has published widely in both law reviews and scientific and policy journals, and has developed three cross-disciplinary courses in environmental law and policy and animal law.  Dr. Locke also directs the School’s Doctor of Public Health program in Environmental Health Sciences and a certificate program in Humane Sciences and Toxicology Policy. Dr. Locke is admitted to practice law in the state of New York and the District of Columbia, the Southern District Court of New York and is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court.  He is also a member of the Science Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA).  He is the recipient of the Yale School of Public Health Alumni Service Award and the American Public Health Association Environment Section Distinguished Service Award.

Steven M. Niemi, Harvard University (Co-Chair)

Steven Niemi is Director, Office of Animal Resources and Lecturer, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University Faculty of Arts Sciences, Cambridge, Massachussetts. With over 35 years experience in biomedical research and commercial biotechnology, he has held senior management positions in contract drug and device development, biotech start-ups in human gene therapy and food animal genomics, and laboratory animal care and assurance. Dr. Niemi is a Diplomate and past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and has served on numerous boards and national task forces addressing medical product development and lab animal welfare. He earned an AB in biology from Harvard College, a DVM from Washington State University, and then received a US Public Health Service National Research Service Award while a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He later completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.

Szczepan Baran, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc.

Szczepan Baran is the Global Head, Animal Welfare and Compliance Training at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. In this position, he leads efforts to globally harmonize training and in-vivo procedures and the application of surgical fundamentals to improve reproducibility. He spearheads endeavors to leverage in-vitro platforms to optimize translational relevance and enabling technologies to optimize preclinical animal modeling in support of pharmaceutical development. Prior to joining Novartis, Dr. Baran was COO and founder of the Veterinary Bioscience Institute. While at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center he was a member of the team that discovered the first canine embryonic stem cells. He held faculty positions at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine and Delaware Valley University. Dr. Baran is the founder of the largest Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine LinkedIn group, the largest such group of this kind as well as Labroots Laboratory Animal Virtual Conference with the largest participation of any Laboratory Animal conference in the world. He has served on multiple Boards including Academy of Surgical Research and Americans for Medical Progress. Currently he is serving as Board Member of North America 3Rs (NA3Rs) Collaborative and is a Chair-elect of the 3Rs Working Group International Consortium for Innovation & Quality in Pharmaceutical Development. Dr. Baran is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the University Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine and a Master’s of Science in Comparative Medicine at the University Washington School Medicine.

Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Pepperdine University School of Law

Richard L. Cupp, Jr. serves as the John W. Wade Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. He writes and speaks extensively about the legal and moral status of nonhuman animals. Professor Cupp has advised several organizations on these subjects, including the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology and Law, the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Neuroscience, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Association for Biomedical Research, the Animal Health Institute, and the American Animal Hospital Association. Professor Cupp’s body of work addressing nonhuman animals’ legal and moral status has been highlighted in National Geographic, Popular Science, and other popular press venues. In addition to his scholarly publications, he has published op/eds in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA TODAY, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The National Law Journal, The Indianapolis Star, and other media sources. He has appeared on several television and radio news programs addressing issues involving nonhuman animals’ moral and legal status as well as other legal issues. He has been quoted in numerous national, international and local newspapers and magazines, and in numerous digital media sources. Professor Cupp is also widely recognized as a leading scholar and commentator in the fields of torts and products liability. He is the coauthor of a products liability casebook, and he has authored numerous scholarly articles addressing both products liability and torts. Professor Cupp is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and he has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Torts and Compensation Systems. Professor Cupp served Pepperdine University School of Law previously in administrative capacities as vice dean, as associate dean for academics, and as the school’s first associate dean for research. As a law student Professor Cupp was editor-in-chief of the UC Davis Law Review. Since 2009 Professor Cupp has served as a member of the board of directors of Meals on Wheels West.

Anne Deschamps, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Anne Deschamps, is the Associate Director of Science Policy in the Office of Public Affairs at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), an organization representing 31 scientific societies and over 130,000 members. At FASEB, Dr. Deschamps works on science policy issues related to the humane use of animals in research. In addition, she oversees the production of FASEB’s science education article series Breakthroughs in Bioscience and Horizons in Bioscience. She received her PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina in 2007 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Translational Medicine Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Chris Green, Harvard Law School

Chris Green is the Executive Director of Harvard Law School’s Animal Law and Policy Program. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Illinois, where he created the school’s first Environmental Science degree. Chris previously was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and is the former Chair of the American Bar Association’s TIPS Animal Law Committee. Chris currently serves on the Executive Board of the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Coalition on Violence Against Animals, previously was on the Board of the National Center for Animal Law, was an advisor to the National Canine Research Council, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association and the Illinois Farm Bureau. He currently manages an Illinois farm that has remained in his family for 179 consecutive years. Chris was a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Non-Economic Recovery Task Force, helping explore legislative options to balance the profession’s increasing liability exposure with a more equitable assessment of companion animal value. He later acted as an advisor to members of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Task Force on the Legal Status of Animals, addressing those same legislative issues at a national level. In 2004 Green wrote The Future of Veterinary Malpractice Liability in the Care of Companion Animals, which was published in the 10th Anniversary Issue of the journal Animal Law. That same year he won First Prize at Harvard’s inaugural National Animal Law Competition, an event he still regularly judges. Chris has consulted on animal legal issues for CNN, CBS News, NBC News, Headline News, POLITICO, The Atlantic, Bloomberg News, Harper’s, Huffington Post, Science Magazine, Smart Money Magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Vice News. He additionally has testified at dozens of legislative hearings, and frequently lectures on animal protection legislation, Ag-Gag anti-whistleblower laws, exotic animal ownership, and companion animal valuation at law schools and conferences around the country. Chris also spent several decades working in the fine arts, film and music industries.

Elizabeth Heitman, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Elizabeth Heitman is Professor in the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Her work focuses on cultural issues and international aspects of ethics in medicine, biomedical science, and public health, her research examines international standards of research ethics, education in the responsible conduct of research, and trainees’ awareness of professional and cultural norms. She is co-director of the research ethics education program “Formação Colaborativa na Ética em Pesquisa (Collaborative Research Ethics Education)”, sponsored by the NIH Fogarty International Center, with colleagues from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee and the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique. Dr. Heitman previously directed a similar program with the Hospital Nacional de Niños in San José, Costa Rica and was PI of the National Science Foundation-funded study “Research Integrity in the Education of International Science Trainees.” She is a member of the Board on Life Sciences’ Standing Committee on Educational Institutes for Teaching Responsible Science. Through the National Academies, Dr. Heitman has taught in international faculty development projects on responsible science in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Malaysia and Indonesia. She previously chaired the National Academies Committee on the Elaboration of a National Curriculum in Bioethics and Responsible Conduct of Science for Algeria, advising the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education, and recently served as co-chair of the Committee on Gene Drive Research in Non-Human Organisms: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct. Dr. Heitman received her PhD in Religious Studies in 1988 from Rice University’s joint program in biomedical ethics with the University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center.