Animal Law Testimonials

"Barbara is deeply committed to advancing animal law for the benefit of the public and the profession. She also possesses the unique skill of building coalitions and forging strategic alliances that bring positive developments. When Barbara is on the task and charged with making things happen, you can be assured that they will." 

Julie I. Fershtman
Shareholder, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC
National Author and Speaker on Equine Law

"Barbara's tenacity, commitment and compassion make her an extremely effective representative for any client-two legged or four legged."

Ledy VanKavage
Sr. Director of Legal Training and Legislation
Best Friends Animal Society

"The animals left behind after Hurricane Katrina are better off today because of Barbara Gislason's care and determination to change disaster relief laws. I saw a lot of darkness when making my documentary. Gislason was a bright light that shows the promise of a brighter future for animals affected by disasters."

Kim Walsh Borgan
Director/Producer
Left Behind Without a Choice

"Barbara Gislason is the top animal advocate in the country."

Dr. Phil McGraw
Dr. Phil Show

"In the field of animal law, Barbara Gislason is an inspiration who, with her unrelenting commitment, has inspired a large number of human beings, not just law persons, to grasp the truth about animal life and the respect that animal life demands from each one of us.

Barbara had the distinction of being the first Chair of the Animal Law Committee of the ABA and its success goes to her credit. Under the guidance of Barbara, this website would be of immense help and assistance to all those who intend to unravel and learn about the cruelties that man inflicts on animals and also, the inadequacy of existing laws which seek to check such practices, in the field of science, entertainment, nutrition, working animals amongst others. The website can easily be counted amongst the leading conscience keepers of global society."

Raj Panjwani
Author of Wildlife Law: Conflicts and Resolutions
Delhi, India

"After many years as founding publisher of Milkweed Editions, I'm now the founding publisher of The Gryphon Press, the publisher of humane education books for children. In both publishing companies, I have been particularly concerned about the environment and the need for greater kindness to animals. I greatly appreciate Barbara J. Gislason's efforts in Minnesota, nationally, and internationally, to make Animal Law a viable and respected field of law."

Emilie Buchwald
The Gryphon Press
"a voice for the voiceless"
Publisher

"Barbara's energy and commitment to establishing the ABA Animal Law Committee and then acting as the catalyst for the Committee to become a leading force in the field of animal law has earned her the respect of the animal lawyers throughout the world."

John L. Kerr, Esq.
Kerr Legal Group, LLC
Braintree, MA

"I met Barbara Gislason at the time I chaired the Intellectual Property Law Committee for the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. My Committee was one of the sponsors of the Bioengineering program at Duke Law School created by the TIPS Animal Law Committee that Barbara Gislason founded.

Because of her performance at this conference, and various other projects, I recruited her to be Chair Elect of the Intellectual Property Law Committee and am thrilled she accepted."

Nathaly J. Vermette
Past Chair ABA TIPS Intellectual Property Committee
Attorney at Law & Trade-mark Agent
Montreal, Quebec

"Barbara Gislason has done powerful and seminal work in getting the American Bar Association to acknowledge the burgeoning field of animal law. She is very effective in her efforts, in large part because of her ability to create dialogue that brings putatively opposing parties into constructive dialogue.

There is no question in my mind that animal law will increase in importance; it is currently taught in more than 90 law schools. That it is now mainstream and respected in the legal community is due in no small part to Ms. Gislason's quiet but influential work."

Bernard E. Rollin
University Distinguished Professor
Professor of Philosophy
Professor of Animal Sciences
Professor of Biomedical Sciences
University Bioethicist

"Barbara Gislason invited me to speak at the first meeting ever held at the American Bar Association on animal law. Her pioneering efforts made this ground breaking meeting possible. I was impressed with her deep convictions, open mind, and willingness to work on improving animal welfare in the practical real world. She is not blinded by ideology that can sometimes have unintended bad consequences that hurt animal welfare."

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University
Author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make us Human