Amanda Schwoerke teaches Ethics and Animal Law at Duke Law School. She joined the Duke faculty in 2016 after serving as associate director of animal law for the PETA Foundation in Washington, D.C., where she had been counsel from 2010 to 2015. She represented PETA in federal and state litigation, administrative proceedings, and criminal matters, and coordinated the organization’s legal fellowship and internship programs.
Schwoerke earlier worked as an associate at Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C., where she represented insurers in complex disputes arising under professional-liability and directors-and-officers policies. She worked on animal law matters as a summer associate at Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal and at the Humane Society of the United States, and clerked in the Public Benefits Unit of the Legal Aid Society, all in Washington. She currently serves as co-chair of the Orange County [N.C.] Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool and secretary of the Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board.
Schwoerke received her BA magna cum laude in anthropology from Mount Holyoke College in 2004, and her JD from Yale Law School in 2008. At Yale she served as student director for the Advocacy for Children & Youth Clinic and worked in the Community Lawyering Clinic, and was articles editor and symposium editor for the Journal of Law & Feminism.