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Nicole Pakiz '13 Wins Animal Law Writing Competition

October 15, 2012

Nicole Pakiz '13 recently won first place in the New York State Bar Association's fifth annual Student Animal Law Writing Competition, the only national competition of its kind, for her article titled "Why the ALI Should Redraft the Animal-Cruelty Provision of the Model Penal Code."Image of dog

"Today, although society's views on animal cruelty have drastically evolved, the only guide for state legislatures is tainted with a 1950's view on animal abuse that is far attenuated from reality," Pakiz concludes. "A revision of the Model Penal Code's treatment of animal cruelty has the potential to provide courts, legislators, and prosecutors a progressive model to fill in statutory, legislative, and judicial gaps that can act as good precedent for the rising trend in promoting the welfare of our companion animals. The American Law Institute has an obligation to undertake this challenge."

Pakiz received $1,000 for her winning submission. It was the second consecutive year that a Vermont Law School student has won first place in the prestigious competition. Véronique Jarrell-King '12 was chosen last year for her paper titled, "Wildlife, Water Quality And The Public Trust Doctrine: A Means Of Enforcing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plans."

Read the announcement about Pakiz's selection and the article itself:

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