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Delcianna Winders
Online Faculty

Delcianna Winders

Director, Animal Law Program
Animal Law

Curriculum Vitae

Delcianna Winders


Delcianna J. Winders is a visiting associate professor of law and Animal Law Program director at VLS. Professor Winders joins VLS from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she directed the world’s first law school clinic dedicated to farmed animal advocacy. She previously served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at the PETA Foundation, the first Academic Fellow of the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program, and a visiting scholar 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, Florida State Law Review, Ohio State Law JournalNYU Law Review, and the Animal Law Review and she has a forthcoming book chapter on the Endangered Species Act and captive wildlife. Winders has also published extensively in the popular press, including  The HillNational Geographic, NewsweekNew York Daily NewsSalon, U.S.A. Today, 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. 



"Captive Wildlife Under the Endangered Species Act," (with Jared Goodman & Heather Rally), in Endangered Species Act (Donald C. Baur & Ya-Wei Li eds., 3d ed., Summer 2021).


"Slaughterhouse Deregulation: A View of the Effects on Animals, Workers, Consumers, and the Environment" (with Jessica Chapman & Ingrid Seggerman), The Brief, American Bar Association (Summer 2021).


Presenter, "Animal Welfare Act Implementation and Litigation," Harvard Law School (Oct. 27, 2021).

Presenter, "Proposing a Federal Slaughterhouse Oversight Commission," Just One Health ECHO, Phoenix Zones Initiative (Oct. 21, 2021).