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Kelly Levenda

Kelly Levenda

Student programs attorney | Animal Legal Defense Fund | Class of 2008

Animal lover that she is, Kelly Levenda (’08) came to the UI intent on becoming a veterinarian.

She left four years — and umpteen trips to the Animal Science Laboratory — later with even bigger plans.

“After learning about the treatment of farmed animals — in my classes at the Animal Science building and my hands-on work at the U of I farms — I decided to pursue a legal degree to protect animals,” says Levenda, whose undergraduate research included an animal behavior project at the Champaign County Humane Society.

“I studied animal law at Lewis & Clark Law School, and am now an attorney at the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the founder of Let Fish Live.”