Adjunct Professor Bruce Wagman is a 1991 graduate of Hastings, and has a science degree from Cornell University and a nursing degree from Columbia University. He did an externship with Judge Browning on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and then clerked for Judge Orrick in the Northern District of California. Immediately after his clerkship he took several months off to take his first trips to Africa, Seattle and the San Juan Islands. He then joined Morgenstein & Jubelirer, a civil litigation firm in San Francisco which then combined with Schiff Hardin, where he is now a partner. He is currently the Chief Outside Litigation Director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Professor Wagman’s practice is focused almost solely on animal law, and he represents private and organizational clients in a wide range of litigation and as a consultant. His passions -- shared with his companion Deborah -- are his nonhuman children (three dogs, five cats), live music, the beach, and the animals of Africa. He helped establish a chimpanzee sanctuary in Cle Elum, Washington, and his life is complete because on twenty-three occasions he has been allowed to visit the homes of the mountain gorillas of the Virunga mountain range of Rwanda.