Danielle Duffield (President)


Danielle Duffield is a litigation solicitor at a national commercial law firm and is a graduate of the University of Otago (Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and Bachelor of Arts in Politics). Whilst at law school, she was the founding president of the Otago Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and was a recipient of an Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship. Danielle has published articles on animal law for the New Zealand Universities Law Review and the New Zealand Law Journal, and has presented at animal law conferences and workshops in both New Zealand and Australia. She has been involved in animal advocacy for about eight years.

Cassandra Kenworthy (Vice-President)

Cassandra is a Wellington-based barrister who specialises in employment law, civil litigation and medical law. She is a graduate of the University of Otago (Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology). Cassandra has previously worked as an intern with the Government Legal Network, and as a law clerk in a small Dunedin legal practice. She has a particular interest in animal ethics in scientific research.

Saar Cohen-Ronen (Treasurer)

Saar is a Crown Counsel in the Public Prosecutions Unit of the Crown Law Office. He is an experienced prosecutor who has appeared as counsel representing a wide variety of government organisations including Immigration New Zealand, Internal Affairs and the Department of Labour. He specialises in regulatory enforcement and litigation and has a particular interest in financial criminal law and fraud investigations.
Before joining Crown Law, Saar was the Secretary of the Departmental Prosecutors Forum and a board member of another animal advocacy organisation. He is a volunteer marine medic with Project Jonah.

Jenny Gibbs (Public Relations and Fundraising Officer)

Jenny is the in-house Legal Counsel for The Skills Organisation, a not-for profit industry training organisation and its commercial subsidiaries. She graduated from Edinburgh University and worked in private practice and for member organisations in Wellington, mostly in litigation, for a number of years before moving in-house. Jenny volunteered at the Wellington SPCA before relocating to Auckland in 2014 and supports various animal protection organisations.

Kari Schmidt (Publications Officer)

Kari is a graduate of Otago University (Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and Bachelor of Arts) and Victoria University of Wellington (Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Art History). She was the Publications Officer for the Otago Student Animal Legal Defense Fund in 2011 and has maintained an interest in animals and their position in the law. She is currently working as a solicitor at Simpson Grierson in its Local Government and Environment team

Neha Goyal (Wellington Coordinator)

Neha was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand in 2008 and has since worked in professional responsibility and regulatory fields in the public sector. Her interests in animal welfare started from rescue work in India as a young teenager. She has also been involved in employment advocacy in a volunteer capacity for several years.

Cath Dearsley (Secretary)

Cath currently works as a local government lawyer and is a graduate of the University of Auckland (LLB Honours). She decided to go to law school having made a conscious decision to commit to making a difference in the lives of animals. Cath has been a member of NZALA since its inception in 2014, and attended the Animal Law Workshop held at the University of Auckland in 2014. She is reminded of the value of animals’ lives each day as she lives with two rescue bunnies and three rescue hens.