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Rebecca Huss

General Counsel

Best Friends Animal Society

Rebecca J. Huss began serving as general counsel at Best Friends Animal Society on July 1, 2019. She is a professor emerita from Valparaiso University Law School. Rebecca began teaching at Valparaiso University Law School in 1999 and at the end of her academic career was serving as the associate dean for academic affairs, a professor of law and the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Law. In addition to animal law, Rebecca taught business associations, mergers and acquisitions, professional responsibility, nonprofit organizations and other business law courses during her academic career. Her academic publications can be downloaded for free at SSRN.com. Prior to beginning her academic career, she practiced in law firms, focusing on corporate issues as well as working in-house for the animal health division of a pharmaceutical company. She is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s animal law committee and was the 2011 recipient of that committee’s Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award. In 2007 Rebecca was appointed by the District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia as the guardian/special master of the dogs seized during the Bad Newz Kennels case. Rebecca has a Master of Law degree in international and comparative law from the University of Iowa College of Law and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law.