Attorney and Animal Advocate
Vanessa is an expert in animal law, government accountability, and illegal business practices. She co-founded and co-directs Advancing Law for Animals, a non-profit law firm for our non-human friends. There, she develops impact litigation to further the interests of animals exploited in research and industrial food production. Vanessa is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. She regularly presents talks as an invited expert in animal law both nationally and abroad.
Prior to animal law, Vanessa specialized in illegal taxation, consumer protection, and inverse condemnation, among other practice areas. Her track record in government oversight informs her work at Advancing Law for Animals, where she has successfully challenged cruel and illegally-promulgated regulations at the federal level, and lack of animal-welfare enforcement at the local level. Vanessa continues to consult on a variety of legal matters through her private practice, Shakib Law, PC.
Animal Agriculture’s Environmental Issues, UC Davis School of Law, Virtual (Feb. 24, 2022)
New Lawsuit Says NIH Illegally Skips Foreign Animal Lab Oversight, VoiceAmerica Influencers, Virtual (Feb. 7, 2022)
Cultivating a Career in Animal Law, Advancing Law for Animals, Virtual (Nov. 16, 2021)
U.S. Laws and the Ongoing Risk of Zoonotic Diseases, Animal Legal Defense Fund Animal Law Symposium, Virtual (April 24, 2021)
Advancing Law for Animals versus the USDA with Vanessa Shakib, The VedgeTalk Podcast, Virtual (April 11, 2021)
Animal Law Podcast #70: The Case of the “Teachable Moments,” Our Hen House, Virtual (March 31, 2021)
Non-Human Primates in Laboratories and the Law, Guest Lecture, Marymount University, Virtual (Feb. 11, 2021)
Activist Defense, Animal Legal Defense Fund Animal Law Symposium, Los Angeles, California (TBD; rescheduled due to COVID-19)
The Intersectionality of our Values and Forward Thinking Movements, Vegan Fashion Week, The Future of Fashion, Los Angeles, California (October 2019)
U.S. Legal Trends Impacting Animals, International Animal Rights Conference, Luxembourg (September 2019)
Strategies for Defeating the Use of Animals in Science, Animal Rights National Conference, Washington DC (July 2019)
Animal Justice and Human Rights, UCLA Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Liberation Lawyering, Los Angeles, California (March 2019)