Student Environmental & Animal Law Society

hambrightby Rosemary E. Hambright, Class of 2016.

Rosemary E. Hambright is from Beaumont, Texas, and is a 2011 graduate of Washington and Lee University. She is the publicity coordinator for the Student Environmental & Animal Law Society.

The Student Environmental & Animal Law Society (SEALS) is a club for William & Mary Law students interested in environmental and animal law, as well as community service and outdoor activities.

As concerned citizens of the global community, SEALS’s mission is to: increase awareness and involvement in environmental and animal law issues; promote and contribute to careers, service, and scholarship in environmental and animal law; encourage stewardship in public policy, jurisprudence, and law; provide opportunities for environmental and animal rights advocacy; and improve environmental policies at the College of William & Mary.


SEALS has hosted many outstanding speakers including Virginia Assistant Attorney General Michelle Welch, who spoke about prosecuting dog fighting, Ann Swanson from the Chesapeake Bay Commission, who talked about her career in environmental policy, and Jeff Corbin of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who explained the TMDL for the Chesapeake Bay.

1907794_750961291607428_8387471911533668927_nSEALS members have volunteered at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, the Heritage Humane Society, and the York River State Park. In addition, SEALS has organized many engaging trips, such as excursions to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach and the Dominion Surry Nuclear Power Center on Hog Island. SEALS has also hosted canoeing events on Lake Matoaka.

SEALS completed its first Green Fee project last year by erecting a map kiosk at the trail head in the College Woods behind the Student Rec Center. SEALS also collaborates with the on-going partnership between the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic, the Greater Southeast Development Corporation and Southeast CARE Coalition of Newport News, VIMS, William & Mary’s School of Public Policy, and the Black Law Students Association that addresses local sea-level rise preparation and environmental justice. SEALS looks forward to furthering its mission in the 2015-2016 academic school year.

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