Kate Brindle, Secretary

Kate is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law, where she served as an Associate Editor of the Journal for Animal and Natural Resource Law and President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Prior to attending law school, she worked for the Animals and Society Institute and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She is passionate about drawing connections and forming alliances across various political and social justice issues. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, and she hopes to work on behalf of farmed animals.

 

Beatrice Friedlander, President

Bee is a founding member of Attorneys for Animals, and vividly recalls a 1990 invitation in the Michigan Bar Journal, to “attorneys interested in animal law”, which led to creation of AFA. She is a founding and current member of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She serves on the boards of the Animals and Society Institute, Bird Center of Washtenaw County and Leuk’s Landing. She serves on the advisory council for the Center for Humane Studies at Madonna University. A hands-on volunteer at Crafty Cat Rescue, she has added community cat caretaker to her repertoire of animal-related activities. Bee received J.D. and B.A. (Sociology) degrees from The Ohio State University, and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Non Profit Sector Studies from Wayne State University. Bee and her husband share their home with cats Julia (a tortie), Stella (a tuxedo) and Precious (a dilute tortie).

 

Donald Garlit, Treasurer

Don is a founding member of AFA. He also is a founding member of the SBM Animal Law Section, where he served as the Section Council chair, and is currently its treasurer and newsletter co–editor. He is a member of the board of directors of RedRover. He is a hands-on volunteer at Leuk’s Landing, a shelter for FeLuk+ cats. Don spent more than 25 years in the automotive industry in both commercial and defense segments in finance, program management, sales, and contracts. He is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A. Economics), The Ohio State University (J.D.), and the University of Michigan (M.B.A.).

 

Margo Miller, Director

Margo joined Attorneys for Animals in 2007 and is its former president. She assists with inquiries and requests for legal help and spearheaded the recent revision of the AFA website. Margo is a 1995 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law. She was assistant prosecuting attorney for Saint Louis County, specializing in prosecuting domestic violence cases (1996 – 2002). Margo was a partner with Foley & Mansfield PLLP, in its Saint Louis and Detroit offices (2002 – 2014), primarily handling product liability/ insurance defense cases. With the firm’s support, she handled numerous animal-related pro bono cases. Margo was an International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council board member (2007 – 2010). A member of the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section, she is licensed in Missouri, Michigan and Illinois.

 

Erin Morgan Klug, Director  

 

Sharon Noll Smith, Director

Sharon received her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and her J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law. She studied international law at Downing College, Cambridge.  She is a past member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and the Oakland County Women’s Bar Association.  Sharon served two terms on both the State Bar’s Representative Assembly and Ethics Subcommittee. Sharon was an original member of Attorneys for Animals, and a founding member of the Animal Law Section of  the State Bar. Sharon’s practice has concentrated on animal law, divorce, juvenile and family law. She and Bob are the devoted pet parents of Oliver Wendell, a handsome, part Maine Coon rescue kitty.

 

Justin J. Sterk

Justin is an Associate Attorney with Bloom Sluggett in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he focuses his practice primarily in the areas of municipal and real estate law. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. During law school Justin was a member of Wayne Law’s chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and served as an Executive Articles Editor for Wayne Law’s Journal of Law in Society.  He also twice represented Wayne Law at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. Beyond being a lifelong animal lover, Justin’s interest in animal law can be traced to his environmental background. He is particularly interested in the relationship between modern food production, often involving livestock, and environmental degradation. Originally from northern Michigan, Justin enjoys being active and outdoors and likes to travel far and wide as much as possible.

 

Molly Tamulevich, Director

Molly Tamulevich began working with animals in 2007 in Mérida Mexico where she noticed the link between social status and pet ownership. For the past ten years, she has been a volunteer and consultant for numerous animal welfare agencies in Michigan, including the Animals and Society Institute, Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan, and Michigan State University’s Graduate Students for Animals. She received her Master’s degree in Community Sustainability and Human-Animal Studies from Michigan State University in 2014. Although she is not an attorney, she is looking forward to helping Attorneys for Animals expand their membership and reach out to new communities. She plans to support AFA’s mission by advocating, fostering projects, and acting to support animals in Michigan and beyond. Molly is honored to be a new member of the AFA board of directors (as of January 1, 2017) and its first “non-legal” director.

 

Nicole Tennenhouse, Director

Nicole is a long-time board member of Attorneys for Animals and served as its Secretary from 2007 to 2016. She is a licensed attorney in Florida and Michigan. Nicole was a judicial staff attorney to a federal judge and has several years of experience in tax law and civil and criminal litigation. She earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in Communications and Spanish and attended the University of Houston Law Center on an academic scholarship. She provided legal expertise to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Norfolk, VA, and worked for the law firm of Rubenstein Isaacs, P.C., in Southfield, Michigan, from 2002 to 2016. She currently analyzes and writes updates on the tax laws of several states for a global information services company. Nicole is also a member of the Animal Law and Taxation Sections of the State Bar of Michigan.

 

Rebecca Wrock, Vice President

Rebecca developed a passion for animals while studying Animal Behavior, including Canine Cognition and Primatology, at the University of Michigan (B.S. – Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science) where she also completed her senior thesis on the meaning of tongue flick behaviors in domestic dog play interactions. During law school at Wayne State University (J.D.), she served as President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and as a government relations intern with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, earning the Wanda A. Nash Award in 2014 for being the graduating law student who has most advanced the field of animal law within the state. Her publications include “Ignorance is Bliss: Self-Regulation and Ag-Gag Laws in the American Meat Industry” in the Contemporary Justice Review, as well as several articles regarding Pet Trusts in various State Bar publications. She has been a guest lecturer for animal law classes in the U.S. and Canada, covering the unconstitutionality of Ag-Gag laws, the inclusion of pets in estate plans, and the effect of family law on pets. Rebecca is an associate of Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Ellis, Roeder & Lazar, P.C., where she practices primarily in the area of trusts and estates. She is licensed in Michigan and Florida, holds her LL.M. (Taxation) from the University of Alabama, and was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2016. She is a member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section. She and her husband share their home with a cat, Shadow, and two dogs, Bandit and Shelby.