Attorney Telfer named a top 10 animal defender |

Attorney Telfer named a top 10 animal defender

Jill Telfer, a trial attorney with Telfer Law who works closely with local animal rescue group Sammie’s Friends, is being named one of America’s top 10 animal defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund during National Justice for Animals Week 2013, Feb. 18-24. The week is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness nationwide about how citizens can work within their communities to achieve real justice for animal victims — and to honor law enforcement, prosecutors, and legislators who give real teeth to laws protecting animals.

Telfer often takes on pro bono animal rights cases and has been recognized in the legal community for the work she does both in and out of the courtroom. She was the first woman to be awarded the Advocate of the Year in 2004, and in 2008, she was given the honor of becoming a barrister in the Anthony M. Kennedy Inns of Court. She was also selected Trial Lawyer of the Year by CAOC Women’s Caucus in 2010. Telfer represented Sammie’s Friends in an ongoing Nevada County case involving rancher Louis Silva and prevented a landlord from evicting and retaliating against a tenant because his disabled son had a pit bull as a service dog.

“Animal victims of abuse cannot speak for themselves, so concerned citizens and our legal system must speak up for them,” said ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Jill Telfer has gone above and beyond in earning a place among America’s top 10 animal defenders during National Justice for Animals Week 2013.”

ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing interests of animals through the legal system. ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program provides free legal assistance, including legal research and strategy suggestions, location of expert witnesses and sample pleadings, to prosecutors handling cruelty cases and works to strengthen state anti-cruelty legislation.

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