Delcianna Winders


Delcianna J. Winders is PETA’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement. She recently completed two years as the first Academic Fellow of the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program and a visiting scholar position at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Her primary interests are in animal law and administrative law. Her work has appeared in the Denver Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, NYU Law Review and the Animal Law Review and she has a piece forthcoming in the Florida State Law Review as well as a forthcoming book chapter on the Endangered Species Act and captive wildlife. Winders has also published extensively in the popular press, including AlterNet, The Hill, Newsweek, New York Daily News, Salon, and numerous other outlets. Winders received her BA in Legal Studies with highest honors from the University California at Santa Cruz, where she was named a Regents’ Scholar and received the Dean’s Award for outstanding achievement in Social Sciences, and her JD from NYU School of Law, where she was awarded the Vanderbilt Medal for outstanding contributions to the law school, named as a Robert McKay Scholar, and served as the Senior Notes Editor of the NYU Law Review. Following law school, Winders clerked for the Hon. Martha Craig Daughtrey on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and practiced animal law in a variety of settings. She has also taught animal law at Tulane University School of Law and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.