In 2017, New Orleans Bulldog Rescue (NOBR) prevailed in the Supreme Court of Louisiana against the Louisiana SPCA, in a case that clarified when private entities serving public functions are subject to public records laws, and under what conditions. (http://www.lasc.org/opinions/2017/16c1809.opn.pdf) The case has far-reaching implications to other industries that may designate private parties to act as an instrumentality of a municipality (i.e. private prisons, pipeline construction, traffic cameras, etc…).
To build on this success, NOBR is now working with city leaders to establish an “Orleans Parish Animal Welfare Citizen Advisory Board.” Among other functions, this Board would be responsible for: overseeing the city’s animal control contract with the LASPCA; providing reliable statistics to the public regarding local animal population and euthanasia; maximizing resources allocated by city agencies including NOPD and Municipal Court; and advising the Mayor and City Council on local animal welfare issues. Law student volunteers are needed to help research citizen boards and animal welfare initiatives in other cities, and draft official articles for consideration by the New Orleans City Council.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample to Michael.Schachtman@lsba.org. (JD ’11)