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Michigan State Law Professor David S. Favre to Receive Award for his Work in Animal Law

CHICAGO, July 8, 2010 — The Animal Law Committee of the _ Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section will honor David S. Favre of East Lansing, Mich., 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.

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 30,000 members and 32 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS Web site, www.abanet.org/tips.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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Editors Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation and other events at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. For more information on the award or TIPS, contact Deborah Weixl, ABA Division for Media Relations and Communication Services, at 312/988-6126 or e-mail at .

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