New Article in Denver Law Review

by Will

Back in February, I was invited to deliver the keynote address at the Denver Law Review symposium. In addition to being one of the premier law schools in the United States, the Sturm College of Law is also on the cutting edge of both animal protection and constitutional law. [Previously, I worked with Denver Law’s Justin Marceau as a plaintiff in a landmark First Amendment lawsuit that struck down Idaho’s ag-gag law as unconstitutional.]

Several of the many speakers were also invited to contribute articles for consideration by the law journal. I’m happy to say that my article was accepted, and I received my author copies this week. It is a particular honor to be featured alongside the dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, Vikram David Amar, and Martha Nussbaum—one of the most renowned philosophers of our time.

My article, “Sentinel Species: The Criminalization of Animal Rights Activists as ‘Terrorists,’ and What It Means for Civil Liberties in Trump’s America,” is available online.

Here’s the article’s abstract:

The animal rights movement has pioneered new, diverse forms of social activism that have rapidly redefined how we view animals. But those remarkable successes have been met with an increasingly aggressive backlash, including new terrorism laws, widespread surveillance, experimental prisons, and legislation explicitly criminalizing journalists and whistleblowers. This Article will explain how, if left unchecked, these attacks on animal advocacy will become a blueprint for the wider criminalization of dissent.

I hope you’ll check it out! Britches is clearly so excited to read it she couldn’t wait until I opened the box.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda L Pope September 9, 2018 at 9:36 pm

Hi Will,

The direct link to your article is not functional, but I was able to retrieve it from your link to the Denver LR.

Looking forward to it!



Will September 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm

Sorry about that, Linda! I reformatted and it appears to be working now.


Candace Carpenter April 12, 2019 at 5:27 pm

Hello Mr. Porter,

I am using your Law Review article for a research project for my Food Law class at Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law. I am wondering if it would be possible to send a copy of the advertisements you discuss under footnotes 39-41 so I can show my class during my presentation? I am unable to locate them on the internet. Thank you in advance!

Candace Carpenter


Omega Baker May 11, 2019 at 2:39 am

I just watched 2 of your TED talks about eco-activists being called terrorists and being incarcerated as such. Thank you for your work, integrity and bravery. Best wishes to you..


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