Jennifer H. Chin, Esq. is Vice President, Legal Advocacy, at the ASPCA. In that role, she oversees the department’s second chair program, which provides legal support to federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors around the country in animal cruelty and fighting cases, including assistance with drafting search warrants, evidence review, expert witness preparation, legal research, brief writing, and motion practice. Under Jennifer’s leadership, the Legal Advocacy department has gained substantial expertise with federal and state laws that allow for pre-conviction forfeiture of animals seized in criminal cases, including bond/security posting and unfit owner statutes.
Jennifer also manages the department’s civil litigation and amicus curiae practices. Under her direction, the ASPCA has submitted amicus briefs in federal, state, and local courts on a range of issues, including the liability of private animal welfare organizations that contract to provide animal control services, application of the emergency exception to the warrant requirement to the seizure of animals in distress, and the ability of non-profit organizations to provide affordable spay-neuter and wellness services.
In addition, Jennifer oversees the department in its role as legislative counsel to the ASPCA’s Government Relations department, providing legal analysis and drafting expertise on federal and state legislation and regulations.
Prior to joining the ASPCA in 2012, Jennifer served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where she represented the United States in criminal appeals. Jennifer began her legal career at two nationally recognized law firms in New York City where she focused on complex civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and corporate investigations. She served as law clerk to The Honorable William G. Bassler (ret.) in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and The Honorable Julio M. Fuentes in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Jennifer regularly provides training, Continuing Legal Education (CLE), and presentations around the country on animal law, animal cruelty prosecutions, and animal forfeiture proceedings.
Jennifer received her B.A. in the Program in American Culture from the University of Michigan, her M.A. in American History from Stanford University, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.