Mariann Sullivan recently retired from her position as deputy chief court attorney at the New York State Appellate Division, First Department. She has served as chair of the committee on legal issues pertaining to animals of the New York City Bar Association and the animal law committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section. She co-authored a trilogy of articles on farmed animals and the law with David Wolfson; “Foxes in the Henhouse: Animals Agribusiness and the Law, A Modern American Fable” in Animal Rights; Current Debates and New Directions; “What’s Good for the Goose… The Supreme Court of Israel, Foie Gras, and the Future of Farmed Animals in the United States,” in the 2007 volume of the Duke Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems; and “If it Looks Like a Duck: New Jersey, The Regulation of Common Farming Practices, and the Meaning of ‘Humane,’” in Animal Law and the Courts: A Reader.
She has spoken at conferences and animal law-related events throughout the country, as well as at the Animal Rights Africa’s animal law review consultation workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sullivan currently serves as the president of the board of directors and program director of Our Hen House, and serves on the board of directors of Animal Welfare Trust and Animal Welfare Advocacy. She formerly served on the board of directors of Farm Sanctuary and The Animals Agenda.
In addition to lecturing at Columbia Law School, Sullivan is also an adjunct professor of animal law at Brooklyn Law School and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.