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Nathaniel Edelheit-Rice L’24

Nathaniel Edelheit-Rice L’24

Nathaniel Edelheit-Rice is a 2L, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in Austin, Texas. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles for his undergraduate, majoring in Marine Biology and minoring in History, and graduated in June of 2021. He is an aspiring public interest lawyer with a commitment to using law for the advancement of the lives and rights of animals, especially endangered ocean species.

This summer, Nathaniel interned with Animal Defense Partnership, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal aid to nonprofits devoted to helping animals, whether in captivity or in the wild. There, he helped ADP clients with a variety of issues, including researching laws opposing undercover investigation into animal facilities (ag-gag laws), investigating issues relating to non-profit board compensation, and helping animal sanctuaries file 501(c)(3) articles of incorporation.

At Penn Law, Nathaniel is Environmental Law Project’s Director of Events, as well as Animal Law Project’s Pro Bono Coordinator. He has volunteered with both Projects, including on an issue relating to inhumane management practices for salmon in aquaculture facilities, for which he was awarded TPIC’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

In his free time, he enjoys exploring nature around Philly, playing board games with friends, and hanging out with his bearded dragon, Nelson.