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Allie Phillips

Allie Phillips Director

Allie Phillips has significant criminal and civil prosecution experience as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Michigan, and since 1997 has been training prosecutors and allied professionals. Ms. Phillips is a nationally-recognized expert specializing in the co-occurrence between animal abuse and violence to humans and animal protection issues. From 2003-2007, she was employed as a senior attorney with NDAA’s National Child Protection Training Center and its National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse where she founded the Crawford training program, specialized in interviewing children and preparing them for court, and the co-occurrence between violence to animals and children. She returned to NDAA in early 2011 to create the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse.

Ms. Phillips was employed by American Humane Association as the vice president of public policy and then vice president of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives. She managed the Public Policy Office and was responsible for lobbying and advocacy on child and animal welfare legislation, including drafting legislation and providing expert testimony to legislatures. She was in charge of developing and managing national initiatives on human-animal interactions, including creating the Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS) Program (now Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)™) and co-creating the Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK) Program.

Ms. Phillips has conducted over 250 trainings nationally and has authored over 50 publications. She has published two award-winning books: How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure (2010) and Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets (2011). She has written chapters in Animal Abuse: Helping People and Animals (2013), the Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice (2010), Reaching the Bar: Stories of Women at all Stages of their Legal Careers (2009), and International Handbook of Theory and Research on Animal Abuse and Cruelty (2008).

Since 2000, she has been an active animal advocate and volunteer at animal shelters. Through her direct work with homeless, abused, and neglected pets, she shares her experiences with prosecutors so that animal abuse cases are understood and handled effectively. She co-founded Friends of Ingham County Animal Shelter and Michiganders for Shelter Pets. She is the vice president of No Paws Left Behind, on the steering committee of the National Link Coalition, and is a volunteer and past-president of King Street Cats. She is also a council board member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Animal Law Section, advisor to the Association of Professional Humane Educators, and liaison to the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence. Ms. Phillips provides pro bono legal advice to animal protection organizations working to protect animals and shelter pets and to end outdated shelter practices such as pound seizure and gas chambers.

Ms. Phillips is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Maryland. Learn more about Ms. Phillips’ books and work to help animals at


Advisory Group Members

Diane Balkin
Denver District Attorney’s Office/
Animal Legal Defense Fund

Prof. David Favre
Animal Law, Michigan State University

Stephanie Janeczko, DVM
Association of Shelter Veterinarians and ASPCA

Adam Lippe
Assistant State’s Attorney, Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office

Dr. Randy Lockwood
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Josh Marquis
Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office/
Animal Legal Defense Fund

Jennifer Rallo
Baltimore County State’s Attorneys Office/
Baltimore Animal Cruelty Task Force

Joseph Stafford
Director, Animal Law Enforcement, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado Springs, CO

Sandy Sylvester
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Manassas, VA



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