Rebecca Huss

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Rebecca J. Huss is currently serving as General Counsel of Best Friends Animal Society.  Previously she served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law & Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Law atValparaiso University Law School in Valparaiso, Indiana.  She has also taught at the University of Iowa College of Law, Notre Dame Law School, Stetson University College of Law andNorthwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.  In addition to Animal Law, Professor Huss taught Non Profit Organizations, Professional Responsibility, Business Associations, Mergers & Acquisitions and other business lawcourses.  Her primary focus in research and writing is on the changing nature ofthe relationship between humans and their companion animals and whether the law adequately reflects the importance of that relationship as well as analyzingissues relating to service and assistance animals.  

Professor Huss is a past Chair of theAmerican Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s AnimalLaw Committee, and is a Past Chair of the American Association of Law School’sAnimal Law Section.  She was the 2011recipient of the Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law award from the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Animal Law Committee.  In 2007 Professor Huss was appointed by the District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia as theguardian/special master in Civil Action No.:3:07CV397, United States v.Approximately 53 Pit Bull Dogs (the Bad Newz Kennels case).  

Professor Huss has a Master of Laws in International and ComparativeLaw from the University of Iowa College of Law and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law.  Prior to beginning her academic career,Professor Huss practiced in law firms focusing on corporate issues as well asin-house in the animal health division of a pharmaceutical company.  A link to her publications and other biographical informationcan be found at her faculty webpage available through


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