About

Cynthia F. Hodges, JD, LLM, MA

Attorney/Author/Translator

Tel: 425-244-2941
Email: cyn [at] cynthiahodges [dot] com

Mailing Address:
Auriga Books, LLC
P. O. Box 591
Edmonds, WA 98020

Cynthia F. Hodges, JD, LLM, MA is an attorney, author and German translator. She also has 20 years experience training dressage horses. See Washington Classical Dressage for more info.

Legal Experience

• Attorney - Washington Animal Law, PLLC (2012-2020). Select equine law contracts are available for purchase (boarding, training, purchase/sale, release of liability, breeding, transportation).
• Assistant Editor - Michigan State University College of Law Animal Legal & Historical Center (2010-2012); Summer Editor (2008) - Received research grant to write article entitled “That's the Breaks: Trainer Responsibility for Racehorse Breakdowns in New York”
• Contract Attorney - Hendricks Bennett, PLLC, Edmonds, Washington (2010-2011)
• Law Clerk, Student Director - National Center for Animal Law: Animal Law Clinic, Portland, Oregon (2008)
• Law Clerk - Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Environmental Crimes Division (included animal cruelty), Houston, Texas (2007). Interviewed for article entitled “Law Interns Use Ingenuity in Dog Case” by Salathea Bryant, the Houston Chronicle, July 27, 2007
• Legal Research Assistant - Animal Law - South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas (2007)
• Legal Research Assistant - Law Institute for Medical Studies, Houston, Texas (2005-2006)
• Legal Assistant - Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Matthews & Friend, Houston, Texas (2004)

Law License: Washington State Bar Association (since 2010)

Education

• LL.M. – Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, December 2008
Activities: Animal Law Clinic – Student Director
Honors: Animal Law Clinic – Most Outstanding Legal Writing Award, Spring and Summer 2008

• Juris Doctor
South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, December 2007
Advocacy: Won an award for a brief in the 2006 Spurgeon E. Bell Memorial Intramural Moot Court Tournament
Activities: Environmental Law Society (ELS) – President, Treasurer; Animal Law Society (ALS) – Treasurer; Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity – Member
Honors: Dean’s List, Fall 2006 and Spring 2007; graduated in top 1/3 of class

• Master of Arts – Germanic Studies, May 1998
Bachelor of Arts with Honors – Germanic Studies, December 1994
The University of Texas Austin, Texas
Honors: Delta Phi Alpha (German Honor Society) – President; Golden Key National Honor Society – Member; Dean’s List 1993 and 1994

• Certificate in Electronic Publication – Web Production Specialization, Houston Community College

Publications

Law Review Articles

Detailed Discussion of State Emergency Planning Laws for Pets and Service Animals,” published on the Michigan State University College of Law, 2011

Detailed Discussion of State Animal ‘Terrorism’/Animal Enterprise Interference Laws,” published by the Michigan State University College of Law, 2011

Detailed Discussion of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act,” published by the Michigan State University College of Law, 2010

A Survey of State Spay and Neuter Laws,” published by the Michigan State University College of Law, 2010

The Canadian Commercial Seal Hunt: In Search of International Legal Protection for Harp Seals,” published by the Michigan State University College of Law, 2009

That’s the Breaks: Trainer Responsibility for Racehorse Breakdowns in New York,” published on the Michigan State University College of Law, 2008

The Link: Cruelty to Animals and Violence Towards People,” published by Michigan State University College of Law, 2008; also on the Oregon State Bar Animal Law Section website here

Shifting Legal Views on Animals: Animals are More than Property,” published on the Oregon State Bar Animal Law Section website (2008) [original link]

Eastern Religious Philosophy and the Advancement of Animals’ Legal Interests,” published on the Oregon State Bar Animal Law Section website (2008) [original link]

Kyle Rittenhouse: Shooting for Self-Defense (A Lawyer's Opinion)

Marine Mammal Protection Act: Lethal Removal of Marine Mammals

Stand Down, Kate Brown: The President's Power to Restore Order in Oregon (Lawyer's Opinion)

Stripping Us of Our Rights: DHS, Naked Body Scanners, and the Fourth Amendment

The Right to Bear Arms and the Second Amendment (Lawyer's Opinion)

Treaty of Amsterdam: Protocol on the Protection and Welfare of Animals

Books

5 Easy Ways to Promote a Book Online

A Zetacean's Guide to Life in This Universe

Alien Invasion: Reptilians, Cetaceans, and Frequency Wars on Planet Earth

Horse-Training (Dressage)

System of Horsemanship by Louis Seeger (translation by Cynthia F. Hodges)

Monsieur Baucher and His Arts: A Serious Word with Germany's Riders by Louis Seeger (translation by Cynthia F. Hodges)

See Washington Classical Dressage for a list of articles.

Select equine law contracts are available for purchase (boarding, training, purchase/sale, release of liability, breeding, transportation).

Miscellaneous

Flouride: Poisoning the Well


Please see LL.M. Presentation at Lewis & Clark Law School: "The Canadian Commercial Seal Hunt: In Search of International Legal Protection for Harp and Hooded Seals" (Powerpoint) and Cynthia F. Hodges interview with David Alan Binder



DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this web site is not intended as legal advice. Contact with this website does not establish an attorney-client relationship. An attorney-client relationship is only formed once a fee agreement has been signed by the client.

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