Media Tip Sheet: Expert Available to Discuss National Gorilla Day

September 25, 2023

WASHINGTON (September 25, 2023)—Yesterday was National Gorilla Day. National Gorilla day was established in 2017 to be recognized annually on September 24th. The day was created to celebrate gorillas and empower communities around the world to take action for gorilla conservation, as they are considered an endangered species.  

GW's Kathy Hessler

For more context on the matter, please consider Katherine Hessler, Assistant Dean for Animal Law at the George Washington University Law School. Dean Hessler has been a clinical law professor for 30 years, 22 of which has been teaching animal law. Hessler is the inaugural dean of animal law at the George Washington University Law School, and has helped to develop and found Animal Law Studies and curriculum at a variety of schools and centers. In addition, Dean Hessler was the chair of the Animal Law Section and the Balance in Legal Education Sections of the American Association of Law Schools.



In addition, Hessler and GW Animal Law celebrated a VIP screening of Harambe written by Erik E. Crown on Monday, September 18th.

If you wish to speak with Dean Katherine Hessler, please contact Media Relations Specialist Shannon Mitchell at [email protected].