Journal Board - Volume XIV

Five individuals make up the editorial board for the Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law. Together, in conjunction with a team of associate editors, this group will produce volume XIV of the Journal.

Taylor Waters, Editor-in-Chief

Taylor Waters is a third-year student at Michigan State University College of Law and is proud to serve as Editor-in-Chief for Volume XIV.  Having lived and traveled all over the western half the country, including a five year stint in Alaska, Taylor has had the chance to view some of this nation's most amazing animals and the environments in which they flourish. She received her BA from Western Washington University's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies; her major was Law, Diversity, and Justice: Animals. Animal law is where she knew she was headed with the goal of improving the legal status of nonhumans. To that end, she has worked as a litigation clerk for the Animal Legal Defense Fund over several semesters, and actively engages in lobbying efforts for various Humane Societies. 

Jen Smith, Executive Editor & Notes Editor

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Jen Smith is a third-year student at Michigan State University College of Law. She received her B.S.B.A. from Central Michigan University; her major was Law and Economics, and her minors were Leadership and Legal Studies. Jen has had the opportunity to work on numerous legal issues at a law firm in her home town and the House of Representatives Policy Office. She now works with the General Counsel and Compliance Department at Jackson National working on numerous insurance law issues.


Lindsay Weiss, Managing Editor & Business Editor

Lindsay Weiss is a third-year student at Michigan State University College of Law.   She majored in English and Sociology with a concentration in Public Policy and Service at Albion College. Her love of animals stems in part from her fortune to grow up with two family dogs, though she has since adopted a cat of her own whom she credits with helping her study and keep a level head through law school. She has an interest in animal welfare and equitable access to natural resources. Upon graduation, she hopes to practice employment and civil rights law. 

Cassee Layne, Articles Editor

Cassee Layne is a third-year student at Michigan State University College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in Humanities-Prelaw. Cassee spent the past summer working at an agricultural law firm in Indianapolis handling many natural resource-related issues. Prior to law school, Cassee worked at the Michigan House of Representatives as a legislative assistant and at LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky as a regulatory compliance intern.

Charlotte McCray, Articles Editor

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Charlotte McCray is a third-year student at MSU College of Law. She received her B.A. in economics from Loyola University New Orleans (a city of particularly wonderful flora and fauna). She has been fascinated by animals and the environment for as long as she can remember and has been lucky enough to have loved and lived with five dogs and one cat thus far. She is deeply interested in biology, environmental issues, animal welfare and rights, permaculture and other sustainable, animal-friendly agricultural practices. She has worked in a property insurance law firm and at the Ingham County Probate Court. She is currently taking Animal Law and is part of MSU’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter.

Professor David Favre, Faculty Advisor

David Favre is a professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law. Over the past thirty years, Professor Favre has written several articles and books dealing with animal issues including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. His books include the case book "Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights" (2nd ed.) and "Animal Law and Dog Behavior and International Trade in Endangered Species." He also has presented to international audiences on these topics.  He created and is editor-in-chief of the largest animal legal web resource, Now residing on a farm in lower Michigan, Professor Favre shares his space with sheep, chickens and the usual assortment of dogs and cats.

Associate Editors

3L Associates: Delaney Callahan, Tonya Price, Jeffery VanErp, Nicholas Castro, Bri Venturo, Nicole Nelson, Phil Roberts, & Allison Kimble. 


2L Associates: Danielle Chirdon, Kaitlin Braunschweig, Brittney Ellis, Jessica Rundle, Elaina Cipcic, Rachel Bowma, Zachary Cronkite, Maxson Frederick, Michael Ricchi, Katie Hendricks, Andy Head, Jackie Ignatowitz, & Leanne Marie Pregizer.