President @ Legal Impact for Chickens
951 karmaJoined Jul 2021Working (6-15 years)San Francisco, CA, USA


Hi, fellow EAs!  Thank you so much for caring about making the world better.  My name is Alene, and I'm excited to meet you.  I run the litigation nonprofit, Legal Impact for Chickens.  We sue companies and executives that abuse animals on factory farms.  

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Thank you for writing this, Luke!!!

Answer by aleneJan 31, 20248

Legal Impact for Chickens is hiring an Operations Specialist!


We’re looking for a passionate and hard-working Operations Specialist to join us as we continue to grow our nonprofit and fight for animals. This is a new position, and you will have the ability to influence our operations and play an important role in our work.

The responsibilities of this position are varied, covering operational, administrative, and paralegal work, and we will consider a variety of candidates and experiences. Therefore, the final job title may differ depending on the final candidate.

Want to join us?


About our work and why you should join us

Legal Impact for Chickens (LIC) is a 501(c)(3) litigation nonprofit. We work to protect farmed animals.

You may have seen our Costco shareholder derivative suit in The Washington Post, Fox Business, or CNN Business—or even on TikTok.

You also may have heard of LIC from our recent Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) recommendation.

Now, we’re looking for our next hire: an entrepreneurial Operations Specialist to support us in our fight for animals!

Legal Impact for Chickens is currently a team of three litigators. You will join LIC as our first non-litigator employee and support the entire team.


About you

You might be a great fit for this position if you have many of the following qualities:

• Passion for helping farmed animals

• Extremely organized, thoughtful, and dependable

• Strong interpersonal skills

• Interest in the law and belief that litigation can help animals

• Zealous, creative, and enthusiastic

• Excited to build this startup nonprofit!

• Willingness to help with all types of nonprofit startup work, from litigation support to HR to finance

• Strong work ethic and initiative

• Love of learning

• Paralegal experience or certificate preferred, but not required

• Experience with various aspects of operations (such as bookkeeping and IT) preferred, but not required

• Experience growing a new team preferred, but not required

• Kind to our fellow humans, and excited about creating a welcoming, inclusive team


About the role

You will be an integral part of LIC. You’ll help shape our organization’s future.

Your role will be a combination of (1) assisting the lawyers with litigation tasks, and (2) helping with everything else we need to do, to build and run a growing nonprofit organization!

Since this is such a small organization, you’ll wear many hats: Sometimes you’ll act as a paralegal, formatting a table of authorities, performing legal research, or preparing a binder for a hearing. Sometimes you’ll act as an HR manager, making sure we have the right trainings and benefits available. Sometimes you’ll act as an administrative assistant, tracking expenditures and donations, booking travel arrangements, or helping LIC’s president with email management. Sometimes you’ll act as LIC’s front line for communicating with the public, monitoring emails, thanking donors, or making calls to customer service representatives on LIC’s behalf. Sometimes you’ll pitch in on LIC’s communications, social media, and public education efforts. If you’re the kind of person who likes to handle many different types of work, this role is for you!

This job offers tremendous opportunity for professional growth and the ability to create valuable impact for animals. The hope is for you to become an indispensable, long-time member of our new team.

Commitment: Full time

Location and travel: This is a remote, U.S.-based position. You must be available to travel for work as needed, since we will litigate all over the country. (Disabilities will be accommodated.)

Reports to: Alene Anello, LIC’s president

Salary: $50,000–$70,000 depending on experience

Benefits: Health insurance (with ability to buy dental), 401(k), life insurance, flexible schedule, unlimited PTO (plus mandatory vacation!), room for advancement as the organization grows


One more thing!

LIC is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, and those from other marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, disability, age, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other protected characteristic.


To Apply

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume, combined as one PDF, to


Thank you for your time and your compassion!


Legal Impact for Chickens

Answer by aleneNov 16, 202325

Hii!  Thank you so much for this question!  :-)

Legal Impact for Chickens would use additional funding by hiring our first administrative employee, so the three lawyers on staff can dedicate our time more fully to litigation!

Legal Impact for Chickens is a litigation nonprofit dedicated to making factory-farm  cruelty a liability:  We sue companies that abuse animals on factory farms and in slaughterhouses.

We are hoping to raise $204,000 by the end of the year, to allow us to expand our capacity.

And we just got recommended by Animal Charity Evaluators!!

If you're interested in donating, please speak to me (Alene), or go to

Thank you to the EA Community for all your support! 🐥⚖️

Thank you so much for thinking this through and posting this.  It makes a lot of sense, and it's concerning.

Thank you for your support Eli!  I think derivative suits definitely are still a strong vehicle to protect animals.  Neither the court nor the defendants said anything that would cause us to become less bullish on derivative suits.  And the court agreed that the board members had knowledge of Costco's treatment of animals, which was one of the things we were trying to prove in order to show why this is the board's responsibility and thus why a derivative suit is appropriate.  Unfortunately, however, the court didn't agree that we had shown a violation of the criminal law against animal neglect.  (Of course, we still think that we did show illegal animal neglect.  So I think this was a failure on my part to properly convey why the evidence constituted neglect.)

The court left open one avenue, which was to send a formal demand letter to Costco's board, asking the board to change its treatment of chickens and sue Costco's executives.  So we did that:   And we are waiting for a response.

I agree we need to somehow update our website.  I just haven't gotten around to figuring out the best way to present this information. . . . But you bringing it up is a helpful nudge!

Thank you so much Constance!

Yeah it stinks.  The judge just ruled from the bench—He didn't author a written opinion.

Thank you so much, Guy!!  Sadly, the judge dismissed the Costco lawsuit.  :-(  

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